Aycock Funeral Home


Eugene Ralph Rathgeber

May 15, 1936March 29, 2021

Eugene R. Rathgeber (Gene) died peacefully on 29 March 2021. He was 84 years young. Gene was born on May 15th, 1936 in East Rockaway, New York to parents Jacob and Lena Rathgeber. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1957. After serving in the Army he married Mary Lou Allen on 21 December 1957, and they enjoyed 63 years of marriage together. Gene was employed with Grumman Aerospace out of Bethpage New York and volunteered to move his family to Jensen Beach, Florida in October of 1965. Gene was an active member in the community, volunteering his time and skills at Jensen Beach Elementary School, Trinity United Methodist Church, The Mohawk Club-Minneapolis, Minn., and various other organizations. Gene retied from Grumman after 32 years and enjoyed traveling the country with Mary Lou in their Roadtrek. The only state they did not drive to is HI! However, they visited Hawaii and the Philippines by air. His extended family 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren knew him as a Reliable, Strong, Loving, Dedicated, Unique and Selfless family man. Gene is survived by his two sons: David and his wife Nancy of San Diego, CA; Gene-O and his wife Rebecca of San Diego, CA; his two daughters: Susi and her husband Troy of Jensen Beach, FL; Joyce and her husband Jay of Conyers, GA; his Brother, G. Donald of Brooksville, FL; his wife Mary Lou of Jensen Beach, FL; and many grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents Jacob and Lena Rathgeber, his brother Claude Rathgeber, and his sister Eva Rathgeber. He will be greatly missed by all.

Eugene Rathgeber Born 5/15/1936 – East Rockaway, NY – Parents: Jacob & Lena Rathgeber Moved to Jensen Beach, Florida –October, 1965 Married: Mary Lou Allen on 12/21/1957 -- 63 years Sons: Dr. David (Nancy) Rathgeber Ret. USMC Commander, Eugene (Rebecca) Rathgeber Ret. USN Daughters: Susan (Troy) Parriott Joyce (Jay) Howe

Served in U. S. Army 1953 – 1955

Employment: Grumman Aerospace 32 years Member: Trinity United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 126 Grumman Retired Employees. Volunteered at: JBE; Trinity; Mohawk Club-Minneapolis, MInn

A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 3rd, 2021 3pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. Savanah Road Jensen Beach,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rathgeber family.


  • Mary Lou Rathgeber, Wife
  • David Rathgeber (Nancy), Son
  • Euguen Rathgeber (Rebecca), Son
  • Susan Parriott (Troy), Daughter
  • Joyce Howe (Jay), Daughter
  • Jacob Rathgeber, Father (deceased)
  • Lena Rathgeber, Mother (deceased)


  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 3, 2021


Eugene Ralph Rathgeber

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John Mulvaney

April 2, 2021

My name is John Mulvaney and although we weren't actually related, our families were very close and I referred to Mr. Eugene Rathgeber as Uncle Gene. 

At my age memories are hard to come by but the most cherished ones are lasting and more vivid.

My family would travel to Florida each year to visit with the Rathgebers. One of my fondest memories is of the night that Uncle Gene, David, my dad and myself went fishing off the Jensen Beach Causeway. It was a beautiful warm night and we had a wonderful time. We came home rather late but we had some fish. That fish was cooked up right then and there and to this day, I can still say, it's the best fish I have ever eaten. I have eaten a great deal of delicious fish since then but I believe it was the company I was in and the magic of that evening that makes the fish we ate that night so special. 

That cherished memory would not exist if it weren't for Uncle Gene. 

Thank you Uncle Gene and know I love you.

Linda Puccio

April 1, 2021

Mary Lou, Susi & family,
I am so sorry to hear about Gene. He loved his family and not only a gentleman but a gentle man. You are in our prayers.
Linda, Pete & Casey