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Weiss, H. Eugene (Gene), on January 18, 2021 age 91 of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. Beloved husband of Dolores (Kendall) for near 68 years, dearly loved father of Leslie (James) Ward, Marjorie (John) Rogers and Katherine (Bill) Ridenour, treasured Grandfather of Matthew, Kevin, Will and Hannah and Great-Grandfather of Silvana. Born in Fall River, Mass, on May 12, 1929, he is pre-deceased by his mother, Ruth Pierce and father, Clarence Weisgerber. After he majored in Physics at Bridgewater Teachers College, Gene served in the U.S. Army at the Council Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD. While in the army, he met Dolores at a YMCA dance. At 6’5″, he was looking for the tallest girl in the room and she must have measured up as they were married three and half months later on February 14, 1953. After discharge, he earned his Masters in Automotive Engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering in 1956 and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Detroit in 1960. He worked at Chrysler for 34 years as the Manager of Plymouth Valiant/Barracuda Product Planning, helped to develop such classic cars as the GTX and Road Runner and as a Marketing Staff Executive. He also proudly served on the Bloomfield Hills School Board for 12 years as President, Treasurer and Board Member. After retirement, he continued to work for Chrysler Corporation as a contracted employee developing integrated cell phone technology.
Gene kept busy in retirement volunteering in the archives at the Chrysler Museum and the Henry Ford Museum and as a docent at Saarinen House at Cranbrook. While enjoying the sunshine at his winter home in Florida, he volunteered at Mote Aquarium and Southern Florida University. Gene and Dolores traveled extensively, enjoying going to many countries especially England, where Marjorie and John live. Gene enjoyed socializing with his bridge group, his friends in Florida, the Chrysler Third Thursday Lunch Group, and attending musical and opera concerts. Gene was an avid reader, focusing on architecture, World War 2 and biography, often finishing a 600-page book before the ink was dry.
Gene first and foremost was an engineer and cars were his life. He attended car shows, lectured on the automotive industry and surrounded himself with books on cars, car pioneers and the history of cars. He showcased his interest with the publication of his book in 2003: “Chrysler, Ford, Durant and Sloan: Founding Giants of the American Automotive Industry.”
Gene was a kind and gentle soul, with a dry sense of humor, rarely raising his voice and being respectful and considerate to everyone he met. He always took care of his family and was particularly proud of his girls and their accomplishments. He lived a long life and, when he started to fade away after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, he was still a gentle, amiable and very funny man. Thank you, Gene, for touching our lives. A viewing will be held on Saturday January 23 from 10:30 to 12:30 followed by a private service at A. J. Desmond Funeral Home 32515 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073. Memorial donations may be made to: The Medical Team Hospice, 17197 N Laurel Park Dr Suite 555, Livonia, MI 48152.
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