Clarence E. “Gene” Solinger, Jr., 93, of Titusville, passed away Thursday morning August 1, 2019 at his home.
Gene was born on July 27, 1926 in Oil City, a son of the late Clarence and Olive Cavenor Solinger. He was married to Shirley Tarr Turk on January 6, 1970 in Titusville.
Gene had attended the Van School outside of Oil City and earned his GED at Titusville High School.
He was a veteran having served in the US Army during World War II. He entered the service on Sept. 29, 1944 at Erie, PA and was honorably discharged on Nov. 23, 1945 at San Francisco, CA.
Gene had worked as a welder at GKO in Titusville from where he retired. Over the years, he had many jobs. Following his discharge from the service, he had worked on barges on the Mississippi River for 6 years. He was an over the road truck driver for a number of years.
He had locally worked at Cherry Hill Chair Factory in Union City; drove CATA Bus for 20 years; and was a greeter at Walmart in Titusville for 10 years.
Gene was a member of the Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and on the audit committee. He was a member of the Cherrytree Volunteer Fire Dept.; of the Venango County Fire Police; and of the State Fire Police.
He enjoyed working in his yard, especially his flower gardens; helping at the church; construction jobs; and traveling with his wife.
Gene is survived by his wife Shirley of Titusville; two step-children, Bruce L. Turk and wife Linda of Hillsboro, OR and Cindy Turk of Titusville; two step-grandchildren, Stephanie Lynn Murray and Heath Allen Turk; 8 step-great grandchildren which includes Courtney Turk; and a step-great great grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Myron Solinger.
No public calling hours will be observed. Friends may attend a memorial service at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Hennes-Garrett Funeral Home 203 E. Main St. Titusville, PA.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist Church or to the Cherrytree Volunteer Fire Dept.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.