Eugene Hege passed away at St Luke’s Hospital in Boise, ID, on Monday, March 18, 2013.
Eugene was born Jan. 19, 1944 to Herbert and Hazel Hege in Aberdeen, ID. He grew up on the family farm where he worked with his father and his Uncle Walter. He went to school in Aberdeen, graduating in 1962. After graduation he attended Prairie Bible Institute briefly and then returned home where he took business and accounting classes at Idaho State University. Using these skills he began a career in the wholesale heating and air-conditioning business, from which he retired in 2010.
He was a farmer at heart and while in high school took Ag classes and became a member of the local FFA with the intent of farming after graduation. However, a motorcycle accident during his junior year crushed a hip and caused a physical impairment that cut that dream cruelly short. Nevertheless, he was physically active his whole life at work, around home and while traveling, which he loved to do.
He was an accomplished guitarist and he taught guitar and played briefly in a band during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. He had mechanical talents and liked to tinker with motors and machinery and he loved tools. The tool section of the hardware store was his candy store. He liked working with wood and while having limited time to indulge in this hobby prior to retirement, he spent time building various cabinets and jigs once he had more free time.
He was married briefly in 1967 and from this union came a son, Rodney, whom he loved and raised. He and his wife Lorrie were married in June 1985. Through this marriage he gained two daughters, Wendy and Kecia, whom he also loved very much. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Hazel. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lorrie, his son Rodney (Laurie) Hege, his daughters Wendy (Randall) Vaughn, and Kecia (Cory) Kidd, and grandchildren Zachary, Michael, Amber, Dustin and Gabriel, six great-grandchildren, and his siblings Arlis (Lyman) Mueller, Richard (Shirlene), Robert (Mary), and Paul.
Eugene will be remembered for his wisdom, wit, strength of spirit, his generosity to others, and his love for practical jokes and a great tease. Whenever he was asked for help, he responded with compassion. He will be missed and mourned by his family, friends and neighbors.
Per his request, his body will be cremated and his son Rod will fly his ashes into the mountains of Alaska where Rod and his wife reside. A memorial service will be held at New Hope Baptist Church, 1829 W Iowa Ave., Nampa, ID. You may contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-466-0312 (10-2 M-F) for date and time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to the charity of your choice and condolences may be sent to the church.
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