obit: Eugene MacDonald Zuber
Eugene MacDonald Zuber passed away peacefully on Saturday, the 16th of June 2012, at his daughter's home in Conroe, Texas.
Gene was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Eugene Messier and Vilena MacDonald Zuber on the 3rd of July 1929. Gene graduated from Bronxville High School in June of 1947 prior to attending St. Lawrence College in Canton, New York, where he obtained a BS degree in Radio Administration.
In September of 1951, Gene joined the Army in Tampa, Florida. Much of his time was spent in Frankfurt, Germany, working with the Radio of Free Europe Station. He received the Army Occupation Medal in Germany and the National Defense Service Medal. He was discharged with honors on the 4th of September 1954.
Gene made his way to Houston, Texas, in 1957 where he met and married Loes Jeanne Davis, and together they raised three children: Melinda, York and Amy. Jeanne predeceased him on the 29th of May 2011.
Gene went to work for the Houston Chronicle on the 10th of June 1957, retiring on the 29th of February 1987, as Marketing Production Manager. He continued his journalism career with Homes and Land magazine as their photographer for many years. He also did volunteer work in the gift shop at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.
Gene is preceded in death by his sister, the late Nancy K. Ellis, he is survived by his loving children, Melinda Nanette Zuber, Xavier York Zuber and his wife Wendy, Amy Zuber Brigham and her husband Randy; his grandson, Justin Edward Brigham; and granddaughter, Ryan Elise Brigham; brother, Larry M. Zuber and his wife Rosetta, and their daughters, Kathryn M. Zuber and her husband Jeffrey Johnson, and Teresa M. Banks and her husband John; and one son, Zachary Lawrence Weaver; his sister Nancy's daughter, Tama Flake and her husband Marc, and their two sons, Brian and Michael; and Nancy's son, Douglas Pickens.
An interment service is to be conducted at half-past nine o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 25th of June, at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial in Houston, where military honors are to be rendered by an Honor Guard from United States Army.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 24, 2012