D Eugene Youtz, 80, of Hilton Head Island South Carolina in winter, and New Harbor Maine in summer, died on Wednesday, November 21. After several months of failing health, his steadfast refusal to use a cane or walker to get around certainly contributed to his demise by resulting in a series of falls that eventually took him from this world.
Born in 1937 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Martha Heckert Youtz and Donald Eugene Youtz, he graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from American University. He always wanted to be a writer, but he also loved selling printing, working at Stevenson Lithograph and later Virginia Lithograph.
He was a great storyteller, a history buff, a lover of books, especially Hemingway's, and he was fascinated by words and etymology. He was a musician who played the trombone, the banjo and the concertina. He had a large circle of friends and he loved talking, singing, laughing and debating with them, at gatherings that often lasted until the early morning hours.
Gene and his wife Barbara had a 59-year marriage, during which they had three children, two dogs, a cat, several canoes, and many parties. Together, they climbed over a dozen mountains, camped all over Maine, New Hampshire and Canada, scoured antique shops for cool old stuff, travelled around Europe, visited countless historical sites, lived in Greenbelt, New Carrollton, and Annapolis Maryland, and then Great Falls Virginia before ending up on Hilton Head Island.
Recently, Gene was a docent at Pemaquid Light House, and wrote a semi-monthly email blast called "The Newslessletter", with readership of over 250. He was a member of Essential Tremor Group in Savannah and the Island Writers Network. Of late, he was frequently annoyed by rapid and constantly changing technologies.
He will be sorely missed by his family-- wife Barbara Keplinger Youtz, children Donna Waxler (Philadelphia, PA) Mike Youtz (Boulder, CO) and Patrick Youtz (San Francisco, CA) grandchildren Zack and Lily Waxler and also Donna's husband Bob Waxler who shares his love of CNN and discussing politics.
A Memorial service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at The Island Funeral Home and Crematory, 4 Cardinal Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.
Donations may be made to the Essential Tremor Foundation P.O. Box 14005 Lenexa, Kentucky 66285-4005 USA. Arrangements by the Island Funeral Home and Crematory. Islandfuneralhome.com
A Memorial Tree was planted for Eugene
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at The Island Funeral Home & Crematory