Eugene Lee Pyne, 71, of Winchester, Virginia passed away peacefully, Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Winchester Medical Center after a difficult battle with lung cancer.
Mr. Pyne was born on February 25, 1939 at home in Clarke County to his parents, Sarah Renner Pyne and Richard Lee Pyne, and now joins them in eternal life.
“Gene,” as he preferred to be called, was best known for his strong will and sense of humor. He faced his first battle for life at the age of 10, when he fought and survived meningitis. He went on to graduate from Clarke County High School in 1960. He joined the United States Army and enjoyed travelling and serving abroad. As a professional, he most enjoyed creating and building with his hands and was a Carpenter by trade. He loved all sports, particularly Redskins football and cheering the Handley Judges football team on to the State Championship victory in 1985. He played Fast Pitch Softball and was an outstanding pitcher, leading his team through many seasons of undefeated victories.
He is survived by his devoted companion, Vadis Louise Tressler and his two daughters Shari Stefanko and husband Nick of Winchester and Wendy Sielaty and husband David of Raleigh, NC. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Christopher and Sarah Brown and Hannah Stefanko, Mitchell, Rachel and Meghan Sielaty, and two step-granddaughters, Kailee Whittington and Samantha Lawrence; a brother James Pyne (Rose) and three sisters Doris Pendleton (Jim), Mary Joan Longerbeam (Jesse) and Faye Myers (Jim).
A Memorial Service, to honor his life, is being held at Fellowship Bible Church on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 2pm, by the Reverend Mark Carey. A reception and time of visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene L. Pyne Memorial Fund c/o Wachovia Bank, at any branch.
Online condolence messages may be left at www.jonesfuneralhomes.com.