Eugene Michael Kathalynas – West Frankfort, IL

Eugene Michael Kathalynas gained his wings and entered the gates of Heaven on September 2, 2020 at 3:42 PM surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born on May 13, 1936 to Edward & Helen Kathalynas in West Frankfort, IL. He married Sue Stacey on January 12, 1957.

He was the owner and founder of Kathalynas Construction. At the age of 80 he hung up his overalls and laid down his hammer and fully retired. He passed on his construction knowledge to his children and grandchildren. His work can be seen all over Southern Illinois in many homes and businesses. He loved hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed the company of his close friends and family frying fish and having a good time.

He is survived by his two sons, Mike (Linda) Kathalynas of West Frankfort, Marty (Rhonda) of Benton, and one daughter Melissa (Jeff) Perry of West Frankfort; grandchildren, Mike, Ryan (Allyson), Tim (Abby), Marty (Rachael) Kathalynas, Stacey (Josh Petro) DeRossett, Tony (Andi) Bowers, Steven (Sean) Frey, & Steve Doll; great-grandchildren, Raelyn, Alivia, Kade, Jace, Harlyn & Brynn Kathalynas. Giovanni & Bentley DeRossett, Sloane Bowers, Brody Petro, & Alyssa & McKayla Perry.

He is also survived by his sisters-in-laws Joyce Baumert, Brenda Kay (Bill) Whittington, Marilyn Stacey and several nieces and nephews.

He is proceeded in death by his wife Sue of 60 years, Granddaughter Felecia Doll, his parents Ed and Helen, Brother Ed, sisters Sylvia Miller, Ann Johnson, Helen (Ken) Limstrom. Father & Mother-in-law Buck & Eva Alverta Stacey, Brother & sister-in-law Esther (Jewel) King, Oma (Homer) Peek, Bob (Thea) Stacey, Bill Stacey & Jerry Baumert.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

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