Herrin- Eugene Gene Thomas Moroni, age 87, of Herrin, passed away on Monday December 5, 2005 at 6:00pm at the Severin Intermediate Care Center in Benton, IL.
Eugene was born in Herrin on January 9, 1918 to John H. and Josephine (Colombo) Moroni. He married Wilma Lorraine Davis on October 17, 1940 in Harrisburg, IL. She preceded him in death on April 26, 2002.
Mr. Moroni retired on February 1, 1981, after 41 years in the coal industry. His illustrious career includes the following accomplishments: Senior Vice-President of the Old Ben Coal company, Vice-President of SOHIO Western Mining Company, Vice-President of SOHIO Oil Company, Board Member of Algers, Winslow, and Western Rail Road, President of the Illinois Mining Institute (63-64), Chariman of the Illinois Coal Association (78), a member of President Johnsons Commission to participate in review and revision of existing federal mining laws (67, 68), and a US Representative (coal industry) to Poland in 1977.
Gene was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. He was a member of the Elks B.P.O.E., Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, the Illinois Mining Institute, Mid-Day Club in Chicago, and the COBRA Club in Chicago. Mr Moroni was also a member of the ROTC University of Illinois and a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
2 sons- Thomas Eugene (Patti) Moroni- Arlington, Ohio
James Paul (Michelle) Moroni- Oregon, Ohio
2 Daughters- Nancy Jane (Dan) Gouge- Benton, IL
Cyndy (Jim) Turner- Christopher, IL
5 Grandchildren- Tracy (Vincent) Turner- Murphysboro, IL
Daniele (Ed) Belva- Sparta, IL
Elaine (Greg) Wolfe- Newman, GA
Dede (John) Reichart- El Mirage, AZ
James Paul Moroni II- Oregon, Ohio
1 great grandson- Quinn Edward Belva- Sparta, IL
Brother-In-Law- Bill Snyder- Marion, IL
Sister-In-Law- Mildred Davis- Herrin, IL
Special Friends- Bill and Mel Winnett- Herrin, IL
Gene was preceded in death by: his parents and wife
Son- John Gregory Moroni
Daughter- Rosemary Moroni
Grand Daughter- Audra Nicole Moroni
Sister- Mary Louise Snyder
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Friday December 9, 2005 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Burial will follow at San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will be held from 5-9pm on Thursday December 8, 2005 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with a Rosary Service at 5:00pm.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Renovation Fund and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.
For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com