Eugene J. Kutchmyre, 88, of 6866 Eggleston Hill Road, Panama, N.Y., passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Corry Manor Nursing Home Corry, Pa.
He was born on May 22, 1924, in Olean, N.Y., the son of the late Michael and Susie (Clark) Kutchmyre.
He had worked at Murray Page Cheverolet as a mechanic, where he met his wife, Ruth Bradt, whom he married Feb. 7, 1948. They later moved to Tonawanda N.Y., where he started his new job with General Mo-tors, where he was a proud employee for 20-plus years, retiring in 1975. He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II, having served as a cook.
Eugene J. Kutchmyre
In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing and boating on Chautauqua Lake, and deer hunting which is why he made his move to the Panama area. Gene enjoyed tinkering with many items some that were broken before he started and some that were broken after. Gene also had an obsession with scratch off lottery tickets, hoping to win big someday.
Eugene is survived by two daughters; Holli (Fred) Adams, Tonawanda, N.Y., Shelly (Bruce) Stevens, Pa-nama, N.Y.; five grandchildren: Tammy (Jerry) Fardink, Angel Adams, Amanda (Scott) Stevens, Kristen (Christian) Burr, Ashley (Bobby) Hammond, 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and one sister, Betty Frederick.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth L. Kutchmyre, who died Dec. 18, 2011; a daughter, Pat Trautman, Dec. 3, 2011; a grandson, Jason Trautman, Jan, 24, 2008; and a sister, Lila Archibald.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y. with the Rev. Sid Clevenger officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the Panama and Ashville Volunteer Departments.