Eugene “Gene” Linck, 89, of McDonald, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, after a short illness, in Heritage Valley Beaver.
Gene was born on September 7, 1932, in St. Louis Missouri, a son of the late Benjamin G. and Aurelia (Fitzgerald) Linck.
Gene was a proud Army Veteran, serving in the Korean War, four years active duty and six years in the reserves. He was a graduate of Hadley Votech H.S. in St. Louis, MO, where began his love of hard work. Gene and his loving wife and best friend, Caryll, were the owners of the McDonald Auto Parts for many years. Throughout his time at the store, Gene met numerous people and began friendships that would last him a lifetime. Gene was able to enjoy working up until the last two weeks of his life. Over the years he had many different jobs some being, the regional manager for Rayloc Inc, Division of Genuine Parts Co., district manager for Abx Corp – Friction Material Division, National Tech Manager for United Brake Parts Co Division of Echlin Corporation, regional /training director for Echlin MLG Co., brake safety spec. for Genuine Thirty Co., Service Manager for McCoy Service in St. Louis MO, and comet and tool and die Co., in St. Louis MO. Gene was also a proud Lions Club International member. He served as the past District Governor for 14-M, past President of McDonald Lions Club, and a current member of Canonsburg Lions Club. Gene was also an avid model train enthusiast and belonged to the Garden Club of Pittsburgh. After retiring from McDonald Auto Parts, Gene went to work for Kirk Livery Service as a limo and hearse driver. These job that seems so small started what would be Gene’s greatest adventures. Gene began working at Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., shortly after it was under new ownership. He was “the worker”, Gene did everything he could to help out. Never in a million years did Gene think that he would be helping people at their lowest point in life. He became a staple and a piece of the Thomas-Little family that we will forever miss. Gene did the job and beyond that, and eventually work was not work anymore. He enjoyed being with people and telling them all his stories, and we all will surely miss them and him.
Surviving is his loving wife, Caryll (Ehlers) Linck and daughter, Sheryl (Garry Conklin) Linck of TN.
Friends and family will be received on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 314 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald (724-926-2800). A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Honors will be preformed by VFW Post 191. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lions Club.