OBITUARY

Eugene F. Mayleben

July 22, 1933June 4, 2021
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Eugene Mayleben, of Dayton, formerly of Washington Township died peacefully with his family at his side on June 4, 2021. Gene is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marlene Heinz Mayleben, his beloved daughter, Victoria Mayleben Duricky (Jeff) and grandsons Tyler and Cole Duricky of Mentor, Ohio. He is predeceased by his parents Eugene and Francis Wibbels Mayleben and his only sibling Judith Mayleben Dwyer of Cincinnati. Other survivors include nephews Timothy and Andrew Dwyer (and family) and relatives in Germany including sister-in-law Annemarie Heinz-Cartus, brother-in-law Edmund Heinz and sister-in-law Gerta Schmitz Heinz and their families.

Gene was born in 1933 and grew up in Cincinnati on a small farm in the suburbs. He attended Purcell High School and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1955 with a degree in electrical engineering. He left home to work as a field engineer for Hazeltine electronics, a manufacturer of military communication and radar equipment in Long Island, New York. Gene traveled for 6 years to military bases all over the U.S. in support of Hazeltine equipment and then for 3 more years in Germany. There he met the beautiful young Marlene Heinz. Despite the language barrier, they fell in love, married and moved to Cincinnati in 1964. For the next 33 years, Gene was employed as an Air Force civilian engineer - 5 years in Wiesbaden, Germany and 28 years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton at the Avionics Laboratory. His work as a researcher in the Electronic Warfare Anechoic Chamber was the most challenging, yet exciting and rewarding work he had ever experienced. From 1971 on, Gene and Marlene lived in Centerville and Washington Township and were active members of Incarnation Catholic Church. Their beautiful daughter Victoria was born in 1973 and has continued to delight them ever since, especially when she and her husband Jeff, provided them with two handsome, healthy grandsons. After retirement in 1997, Gene returned to the University of Cincinnati and earned a Master of Arts degree in German Language and Literature for fun. Gene loved being outside, splitting wood and tending to the magnificent woodland gardens he and Marlene created together. He also loved genealogy and did extensive research on his family ancestry up to 6 generations back. Putting together the official records with personal letters, diaries, photographs and his own memories, he created a fascinating family narrative spanning hundreds of years. He expressed hope that it would help his grandsons and maybe future generations to have some appreciation of the lives and times of their ancestors. “Opa” and his grandsons enjoyed many good times driving the tractor through the woods and trying to catch minnows in the creek as their mother had done many years ago.

Friends may call from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the Church of the Incarnation, 7415 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, Ohio 45459, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Final resting place at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. A celebration of life following entombment at Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Ave. Donations in Gene’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 31 W. Whipp Rd., Dayton, OH 45459 or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton OH 45420. Condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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Linda Mercuri Fischbach

June 16, 2021

Marlene,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, Gene. I remember sharing good times with the Womanline Auxiliary many years ago. Sincere condolences also to your daughter and family. Linda

Eileen Bennett

June 9, 2021

I read the name Eugene Mayleben and it struck a note with me. I remembered it from my childhood. I read on and realized that Eugene's mother was a younger sister to my grandfather, Frank Wibbels. I imagine we crossed paths a long time ago, though I can't say for sure . It brought back so many memories from a very fun time...so many cousins, second cousins ,etc. It was a pretty big clan! I know you will have those kinds of memories when you think of Eugene. You have my sympathy. Eileen Wibbels Bennett/daughter of Paul/who was youngest son of Frank.

John Koerner

June 9, 2021

On behalf of the members of the Dayton Liederkranz, our deepest sympathies go out to Marlene and family and friends of Eugene. He was an active member of the Liederkranz attending many events and supporting the Genealogy Group. I remember from years ago both Gene and Marlene volunteering to work my beer truck at the GermanFest Picnic at Carillon Park --with their affable nature, they sold a lot of beer. He will be missed.
John Koerner, President

Robert and Deborah Russell

June 8, 2021

Dear Marlene and Family,
You have our deepest condolences. We just now learned of Gene's passing on Incarnation's website. Unfortunately, we cannot attend the services tomorrow to perhaps provide some support as we are currently out of town.
Gene was a very kind and gentle man! Each year as I decorate for Christmas, I think of you and Gene and how you loaned me (a relatively new acquaintance) money to purchase the "three wise men" statues at a neighborhood Estate sale.
With our sympathy and prayers, Bob and Deb Russell

Dick & Norma Jones

June 8, 2021

We share our deepest condolences to Marlene and family. I meet Gene at WPAFB as a new engineer with Hazeltine. Gene was a good friend and helpful to the new engineer. Norma meet Marlene years later and enjoyed visits to their fantastic garden. Gene was a great person and will be missed.

Dick & Norma Jones

Dick Bacca

June 8, 2021

So sorry to hear about Gene. Enjoyed working with Gene at the Avionics Lab for many years until my wife Marilyn and I started migrating south in 1987. Currently in New Port Richey, FL. Thought of Gene and Marlene a few times when we were lucky enough to travel through Germany. We were always fascinated that Vicky could jump between speaking English and German. Will be thinking and praying for you at the Funeral Mass at Incarnation (our old parish in Centerville).

Patricia McKinney

June 6, 2021

I am remembering all of the wonderful times through the years. Dinning Out, Golf at Carter Caves, so many great parties at all of our homes. Gene and Marlene were the "ultimate"host and hostess! What great lives with them. All of us are like family. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to Marlene, Vicky, Jeff, and grandsons and Marlene's family in Germany.
My love to all of you, Patti McKinney

Cynthia Koebernick

June 5, 2021

Gene was such a gentle soul. He will be missed. Such a pleasure to have known and his friendship over the many years.

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