Eugene L. Papes, 80, of Brighton, died at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Alphonus Catholic Church in Brighton, with the Rev. Raphael Paul officiating. Burial was at 12:45 p.m. last Thursday at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post No. 95 of Vandalia. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Gent Funeral Home in Alton, with a rosary service at 5 p.m. and a Ritual Team walk-through by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1308 at 5:30 p.m. Memorials: VFW Post No. 1308 Ritual Team.
Mr. Papes was born on June 19, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John and Veronica Novak Papes. He married Ingrid Schmeer on April 10, 1954, in Vandalia.
He retired from Owens-Illinois Glass on Nov. 30, 1994, after 42 years of service. He was a member of St. Alphonus Catholic Church in Brighton and a lifetime member of Alton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1308. He was a Korean War Army veteran. He loved to fish.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Lisa and her husband Gregory Maag of Alton; son, John Papes and his wife Deborah of Castle Rock, Colo.; grandchildren, Madelyne and Matthew Maag; and sisters, Irene Stone and Helen Haegler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Edmund Papes; and sisters, Anne Tomko, Elizabeth Finley, Julia Elam, Caroline Freeman, Frances Roberts and Virginia Hoover.