Eugene E. “Gene” Case, a resident of Huntington Beach, California for nearly 50 years, left this world on October 2nd, 2021 after courageously fighting grave complications from a traumatic injury at the age of 90 years old. He was a caring and loving husband, dad, step-father, cousin, and grandpa.
Gene was born on November 8, 1930, an only child to Everett and Mary Case, in a cabin with no running water in Kansas City, KS. As a young boy during the Great Depression years, he traveled West with his parents for a better life in California. Gene attended St. Elizabeth’s Catholic school in Pasadena and then worked with his dad repairing awnings and he had a paper route while earning his GED from Pasadena City College. In the mid 1940’s, Gene began his lifelong love of riding motorcycles until the age of 86. He loved the “freedom” of riding!
During the Korean War years, Gene was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served 2 years in Anchorage, AK. Before leaving for basic training in Fort Ord, CA, he married his sweetheart, Helen (1953-1970).
After serving in the Army, Gene began working in the Southern California aerospace industry as a structural mechanic for many of the big firms such as McDonnel Douglas and Aerojet. After Helen’s passing, Gene was blessed with a newfound love and married Marian in 1972. There were many layoffs in aerospace, so Gene retired and began a second career working as a security officer for Northrup. Gene was happy and enthusiastic to have a top-secret clearance for many projects.
Gene’s #1 priority was always his treasured family - although, a close 2nd was his prized 1976 Honda CB 750 motorcycle. He took out-of-state road trips with his daughter and with his son riding on the back. On Saturday mornings, he enjoyed getting together with his HB motorcycle club friends, making coffee, enjoying donuts, and sharing family and motorcycle talk. Every summer until the pandemic, Gene looked forward to volunteering at the HB Concours d’ Elegance car and motorcycle show at Central Park. It was always a special day for Gene having Marian and all his family members join him there for a picnic and eagerly waiting to see if his motorcycle would win an award for that year!
Gene was a believer with great faith and attended Mass every Sunday at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion Veterans. Gene was so proud of his family and serving this great country. He felt honored to raise the American flag over his house every day.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Marian; Daughters Rebecca Kimpel (Norm), Betsy Wilson (Jim), and Jennifer Case, and his son, Eugene J. Case (Cheryl). Stepdaughters Leanne Tobias (Rob) and Sharon Aspinall (Dave); Stepsons Craig Hoxie, and Stephen Hoxie (Cathy); Grandchildren: Jody, Derrick, Danielle, Ryan, Brittany, Heather, Lauren, Brooke, David, Hailey, Adam, Kyle, Matthew, Alex, Trevor, Katie, Claire and 3 great grandchildren, Anakin, Michael, and Blake.
Gene was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Helen; parents Mary and Everett; Daughters Kathleen and Monica Case; Stepson Mark Hoxie; and his grandchildren Christine, David Jr. and Eric Liechty.
Funeral Mass is scheduled for 11am on October 19, 2021 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Huntington Beach. Graveside services and Army Honor Guard will follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, California. In conclusion, a memorial reception will take place at Trinity Church, in Munzing Hall at the corner of N. Prospect and 17th Streets in Santa Ana, CA
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, in remembrance of Eugene E. Case.
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