OBITUARY

Mr Eugene Edward Janos

January 10, 1932November 11, 2021
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It was appropriate that Eugene Edward Janos passed away on Veterans Day. An Army veteran, Gene served in the Korean War as a lineman and as a MP. Honorable was a word his family used to describe him and that was born out through the honors he earned as a result of his service in the war: the National Defense Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Ribbon.

Of course, a man is more than how he serves his country. For Gene, he also served his family and valued them most. His perfect day would have included time with his wife, Betty, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren! He loved to be with them, enjoying their unique personalities, and sharing with them some of his many hobbies.

Before he retired, Gene was a repairman on the final line assembly at the Willow Run Assembly Plant, located in Wayne County. This plant was first constructed in 1940 for the mass production of aircraft, especially the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber, which was used extensively in World War II. When Gene worked at the plant, it manufactured automotive parts.

When not working, Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking. Whether spending time in these pursuits alone, with family, or later recalling fish stories about the one that got away, he enjoyed being outdoors and experiencing God’s creation.

Although strong and stubborn are words the family uses to describe Gene, they also depict his personality as being loving, compassionate and patient. One way he exemplified these traits was through an incredibly special gift he made for each of his children – a grandfather clock made from scratch, not a kit. Each of his three children received one at some point in their life, a lasting and cherished gift of the love of their dad.

Gene’s friends and co-workers also experienced his kind and adventuresome nature as he invited them to his favorite fishing spots, enjoyed meals and traveling, and shared honey he collected from the bees he kept. Gene lived more than 65 years after he came home from the Korean War, and he never stopped living life or loving his family. He was a true hero in every sense of the word.

Eugene was born January 10, 1932, and passed away on November 11, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents; son Michael (Joanne); one grandson Donald; and sisters Emily and Betty. He is survived by his wife Betty; daughters Linda (Haskel) Endicott and Kathleen Pike; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and brother Edward (Delores) Janos.

The family will receive guests on Sunday, November 14, from 2-6 pm and on Monday, November 15, from 1:30-2 pm at Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI. The service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, November 15, at 2 pm. The burial will take place on Tuesday, November 16, at 9:30 am at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, MI.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 14, 2021

  • Funeral Visitation

    Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Interment

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Mr Eugene Edward Janos

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Cheryl Seiber

November 18, 2021

Gene never left his sweet smile at home. His gentle and giving nature will always be remembered. Numerous times daily I pass by a table he 'resurrected', and I also look at pottery pieces displayed throughout our home that were smoked with peach wood shavings that he dropped off. And, of course, his honey was by far the best ever.
My husband and I once worshipped with Gene and Betty before they moved closer to family. They were both missed when they moved out of the area.
I know we'll see Gene in Future Eternity. His kind spirit is a rarity indeed.
Most sincerely,
Cheryl Seiber

Jennifer Brown

November 13, 2021

Grandpa gave the best hugs, he would pull you in and just hold you and you could just feel the love. I have and will always miss him and his hugs. One of the best men I have ever know. A true role model. Your grand children and great grand babies will know you through memories told and pictures you will live on through them.

Sarah & Bob Brown

November 12, 2021

Dear family of our dear friend Gene,
Gene & Betty have been awesome friends for over 20 years. We have taken many senior trips with them, enjoyed attending the same church & ate many meals all over Michigan & Canada as well as at our homes. He was a very thoughtful & kind gentleman who will be missed by so many family & friends.
May our Lord give you all peace.

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Betty and Eugene Wedding Oct 29, 1955

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Betty and Eugene Wedding Oct 29, 1955

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