In Memory

Gene Jungwirth

Gene Jungwirth

August 10, 2008 12:00 am

Gene P. Jungwirth, 63, of Rock Island, Ill., formerly of Sioux City, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at Trinity at Terrace Park in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 299. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island.

Gene was born on March 20, 1945, in Sioux City, the son of Joseph F. and Marie G. Mohr Jungwirth. He married Margaret "Peg" Lacey on Nov. 4, 1967, in Sioux City. He later married Donna M. Maury on July 2, 1983, in Coal Valley, Ill., and the couple recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.

He was the warden at the East Moline Correctional Center, East Moline, Ill. Gene was hired by the Illinois Department of Corrections in April 2003, and promoted to the warden's position in August of the same year. From 1968 to 1998, Gene was a member of the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, where he rose to the rank of captain.

Gene was a Vietnam Era U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rock Island. He was also a member of the Rock Island Evening Lions Club and the Rock Island Conservation Club. He brought the Fraternal Order of Police to the Rock Island Sheriff's Department and served as the first president of the F.O.P. Lodge 61. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing the outdoors and animals, but he especially loved his family.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughters and sons-in-law, Karri and Mark Williams of Orion, Ill., Heidi Jungwirth of Rock Island and Rebecca and David Braud of Rock Island; a son, Joseph Jungwirth of Rock Island; grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Melvin "Boo," Mick, Austin, Aitlyn, Alysa, Ayden and Kiley; and a sister, Joanne Smith of Sioux City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Robert Exbom; and a brother-in-law, Robert Smith.

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