Eugene “Gene” Thomas Reuther of Scottsdale Arizona passed away peacefully in his home on Oct. 20, 2017. Gene was age 76 and fought a courageous battle against esophageal cancer for the past 2½ years. From his eternal life in Heaven, Gene will continue to watch over his wife, Joan (Chenier) Reuther; daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and Rick Sauerbrey and Deborah and Ben Rozum; grandchildren, Taylor and TJ Rozum; younger sister, Mary Reuther of Bellport, N.Y.; and older brother. George Reuther of Tiverton, R.I. He loved his entire family unconditionally, cared for his wife, provided for and supported his children, and was actively involved in the lives of his grandchildren as the best grandfather “Papa” they could’ve ever asked for.
Gene was born in New York and grew up on Long Island in Great Neck, N.Y. He was a proud alumni of Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y., and served his community as Captain of the Lakeville-Manhasset Volunteer Fire Department. He started his career in sales with Heublein (UDV North America) in what he liked to refer to as the adult beverage business, and moved to Connecticut to serve a long and loyal 30 years as a sales professional with the same company. He raised his family in a beautiful home and neighborhood in Southington, Conn. During his retirement to Scottsdale, he resided in and was a golfing member at Terravita Country Club. He also worked for the Cave Creek Unified School District as many of the students’ favorite bus driver. He was an active parishioner and usher at Our Lady of Joy Roman Catholic Parish in Carefree, Ariz.
Gene lived his life to the fullest and had the opportunity to travel the world extensively on memorable trips with family and friends. He toured Europe, Russia, the Hawaiian Islands, Bermuda, Canada, cruised the Greek Isles, safaried in South Africa, and spent time down-under in Australia and New Zealand. Among the many places he played golf, he was honored to play at St. Andrews in Scotland and Pebble Beach in California. With all of the world splendor he experienced, his final wish was to have his remains returned to the beautiful Peconic Bay in Long Island, N.Y., where he had the fondest memories of summer vacations with his family and friends.
Throughout his childhood, at the companies he worked for, and in the communities that he was part of, Gene made so many life-long friendships and he left lasting impressions on the people he touched. He was kindhearted, compassionate, trustworthy, funny, genuine, and was undoubtedly one of the good guys. His presence will be greatly missed, but his memory will be everlasting for everyone who was fortunate enough to have him be part of their lives, even if it was only in a small way.
A memorial service to celebrate Gene’s life will be held at Our Lady of Joy Roman Catholic Church Monday Oct. 30, 2017, starting at 9 a.m. Family and friends will be welcomed to say a few words and share a memory or two of Gene. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. The address for OLJ is: 36811 N Pima Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Gene’s memory to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX to help in their mission to eliminate cancer.
Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ.