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Eugene Rudolph Horvath

September 14, 1928 November 11, 2021
Eugene Rudolph Horvath
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Eugene Rudolph Horvath, 93, lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away in his sleep on Thursday, 11 November. He was born in Elyria on 14 September 1928, the only child of Lucille and Peter Horvath. A 1946 graduate of Elyria High School, Eugene attended Findlay College briefly before entering the Army, where he served as an aidman and medical company aid station platoon sergeant in Germany, 8th infantry regiment, 4th infantry division. He married his wife of 72 years, Nancy (nee-Dunkle), also of Elyria, while on leave. Eugene was a hard worker. As a boy, he delivered the Chronicle-Telegram, and as a teenager worked at the Elyria Hotel as a bellhop and for the Elyria Telephone Company as a lineman’s aid. By the time he finished high school, he had also worked for the Acme Beverage Company, the Post Office, and General Industries. Upon completion of his military service, he built his family’s first home with the help of his father and friends. Once the house was habitable, and while still working fulltime, he began night courses at Fenn College (Cleveland State), graduating in 1964 with a degree in mechanical engineering. With fluid mechanics his specialty, he worked on aerospace, military, and commercial fluid components at Lear Siegler’s Romec division (including work on the Mercury space capsule) before moving on to Moen in 1968 as Chief Product Engineer. He retired from Moen in 1994 as Director of Engineering. Throughout his life, Eugene was generous with his time, finding hours not only to help with trigonometry problems, to build his daughter a playhouse, and to teach his son chess but also to serve on both the Lorain County Community College and Lorain County Vocational School advisory committees, to preside over the Lear Siegler Management Club, and to lend a hand on various church councils. Eugene enjoyed boating, motorcycling, woodworking, reading (the more technical the better), Cleveland baseball, and complaining about computers. He also traveled extensively, his work taking him from Hong Kong to Brazil, Japan to Mallorca. With his wife, he visited Egypt, Israel, Scandinavia, England and a good part of continental Europe. A lifelong photographer, he was never without his cameras, turning his attention in later years to nature photography. Although he enjoyed attending his wife’s performances at the Black River Playhouse, Eugene himself always shunned the limelight and thought none of his accomplishments worth special notice. Eugene is survived by his wife; daughter, Barbara Felt; son, Brook Horvath (Virginia); granddaughters, Susan and Jordan (Bryan Hartmann); grandson, Robert Felt (Naylene); great-granddaughter, Annalise Felt; step-grandchildren Emily and Jerry Tennant, Caitlin and Kelley Clark, and three step-great-grandsons. All services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Arbor Day Foundation (Shop.arborday.org/trees-in-memory). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elyria. Online condolences may be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com

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