Eugene A. Zurawski, 85, Mountaintop, died peacefully on March 15, 2016, in hospice, having spent the day with his family.
He was born June 25, 1930 in Plains Township to the late Joseph and Elsie Zurawski.
He was a 1950 graduate of Plains High School. Eugene served in the U. S. Army 109th Field Artillery Battalion, Kingston, during the Korean War. He was spared from the devastating train crash that claimed the lives of many of his fellow soldiers, when at the last moment, he was called upon to drive a truck transporting supplies.
During his high school days, he played Taps for the Plains American legion and often recounted the time that a train passed and he missed his cue, only to wonder why the procession had never showed.
For a time in the late 1950s, Eugene was the owner/operator of Gene’s Gulf gas station on Route 309 in Mountaintop. He was a supervisor at Muskin Pools in Wilkes-Barre for over 30 years.
When not entertaining family and friends playing cards and shuffle board, Gene and his wife, Helen, enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He was an avid fan of the Phillies baseball and Penn State football and could often be seen on his daily walks through Wright Township Park sporting either a jacket or hat emblazoned with one of their logos. He was a member of the Mountaintop Lions Club and was a founding member of Boy Scout Troop 60 in Mountaintop, serving as the first Scoutmaster. During his high school years he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, an accomplishment of which he was extremely proud.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were brothers, Joseph, John and Edward Zurawski.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Helen (Stachowski) Zurawski; their children, Dr. Alan Zurawski and his wife, Catherine, Audrey Palmer and her husband, Jim, and Eugene “Geno” Zurawski, all of Mountaintop; granddaughters, Amanda Morreale, Florida; Brianna Herrera, Texas; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Zurawski, Plains Township, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Eugene’s wishes, ther was no funeral service. A Celebration of his life was held at McCune Funeral Home.
Donations in Eugene’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18701.