Eugene Kufskie

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Eugene Michael Kufskie, 83, of Belleville, IL, born April 14, 1940, in St. Louis, MO, died Saturday, January 27, 2024, Belleville, IL.

Eugene worked as a rate analyst for Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific. He was a member of the Leelanau Conservancy, the Monroe city YMCA, and the Belleville Health and Sports Center.

“He loved life and lived it well”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margaret, nee Mauntner, Kufskie.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maureen Joan, nee Richardson, Kufskie, whom he married on November 3, 1962; two daughters, Mary E. (Mike) Beaudry of Canadian Lakes, MI and Christine M. (Keith) Sykes of Cedar, MI; a grandson, Evan Sykes, of Traverse City, MI; a brother, Michael (Bonnie) Kufskie;and other dear family members.

Memorials may be made to Leelanau Conservancy. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

A private family ceremony will be held at a later date in Leelanau County, MI.


6 Comments on Eugene Kufskie

DONNA said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2024 at 2:09 PM

My deepest sympathy in the passing of Gene he was a great man.

  • IL
Don Richardson said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2024 at 6:43 PM

Gene had no strangers in his life. Anybody who knew him would know that’s an understatement. Our trip to the boundary waters is something I’ll never forget. Gene always told it like was, no bull. Always smiling. God bless you my friend!

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Rick Harris said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2024 at 3:39 PM

Joan and Family, I worked with Gene for 30+ yrs. He was a character. We had a lot of laughs together. I’ll keep you all in my prayers. Rick Harris

  • St Louis
  • Mo
Patricia said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2024 at 7:15 PM

Dear Joan and family, You have my deepest sympathy. I have known my brother in law Gene almost my entire life and he was an amazing man and one of a kind! He lived life completely. He never threw away a minute. He will be missed. Love to you all.

  • Columbia
  • Il
Christine Sykes said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2024 at 7:10 PM

My Dad taught me one of the most important aspects of life--love this earth and stay fit and healthy so you can enjoy it AND love your family for without family there is no life. He brought us to Leelanau County in 1976 and the beauty of this special place changed our lives for the better. I moved from Belleville to Leelanau County in 1993 and spent every summer with my Dad up North since he retired 25 years ago. He swam in Lake Michigan and Bass Lake every day sand was usually the first person in the water each spring. I miss him forever and will see him everywhere I go out in nature. Will ensure his legacy includes protecting and loving our earth. Rest in Peace, Dad. I will take care of Mom, the love of your life for 62 years. Love, your daughter, Chris.

  • Cedar
  • Michigan
Mary Elizabeth Beaudry said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2024 at 6:56 PM

Dad, I will miss you more than imaginable. Your passing leaves a hole in my heart, that will never be filled. We had such good times on all of our adventures. Love, your daughter Mary

  • Stanwood
  • MI

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