SALEM, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Eugene Preston Messimer, 86, Salem (Green Township) died at his home on Friday, January 1, 2021 following a lengthy illness.
He was born on January 28, 1934 in Bluff City, Tennessee, son of the late John Ray and Georgia (Arrants) Messimer.
Eugene was an electrician from a very young age. He learned from his father then went on to get certified. He was a union electrician and traveled all over the United States. Gene worked on the Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant, Patterson New Jersey. County Jail, Air Force Base in N. Dakota, and New York City to name just a few.
He retired about 24 years ago, so he could spend time with the family and do some traveling.
He was a member of the Greenford Christian Church and enjoyed helping out at the church when able. The new sanctuary project brought him much joy watching and following it to its finish.
He is survived by his children, Douglas (Sandy) Messimer of Salem, Theresa (Rob) Aubrey and Debbie Messimer; a sister, Nell Messimer, all of Tennessee; five grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 48 years, the former Mary Sue Jacobs, whom he married on April 5, 1953 and died on March 25, 2001 and a brother, Junior Messimer in October, 1953.
A time of visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 8 at Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem followed by a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. John Bush of the church officiating.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Green Township Volunteer Fire Department and EMS.
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A television tribute will air Thursday, January 7 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.
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