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Eugene Shonka

April 26, 1927 — April 17, 2019

Brevard, North Carolina

Eugene (Gene) Elwin Shonka left this life April 17, 2019. He was born April 26, 1927 in Schuyler, Nebraska, the third child of Mathew & Elsie Schroeder Shonka. Gene was a lifelong Christian, a Lutheran. He graduated from North H. S. (Omaha) in 1945, and enlisted in the Navy just in time for the end of WWII. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State, and an MBA from Georgia State. He spent most of his career as a civil service electrical engineer for the USAF which afforded him and his family a chance to travel the U. S. and Europe.

In 1954, he married the love of his life, Jacqueline E. Anderson, who survives him. He is also survived by their sons, Dan Shonka (Deanie), Pete Shonka (Linda) and their daughter, Rachelle Shonka Hadley (Paul); many nieces and nephews including Sue Nastase, Cathy Grant, Debbie Milks, and Jane Carr; four grandsons, four granddaughters, five great-grand, and three great-great-grands. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Don Shonka and sister Donna Shonka King.

A celebration of life will be held April 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard with The Rev. Dr. Richard B. Graf officiating.
The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the service.

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, April 22
    11:00 AM

    Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

    22 Fisher Road
    Brevard, NC
    (828) 883-3680
  • Visitation

    Monday, April 22
    11:45 AM

    Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

    22 Fisher Road
    Brevard, NC
    (828) 883-3680
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