Eugene M. Fetner
My name is Eugene M. Fetner, but all my friends called me Gene. I began my journey on Feb. 2, 1929 in Winter Garden, Florida.
I was born the son of Rubye Fetner Starr and Robert Fetner, who precede me in death.
I grew up in Winter Garden and spent my entire life as a proud Floridian.
After graduating from Lakeview High School in Winter Garden, I went to college at the University of Florida and became a fighting Gator. I graduated in 1951 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Then I proudly served the United States of America in the Air Force as a meteorologist, until I returned to Gator Country to obtain my master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1958 and from then on lived in Melbourne, Florida.
I was blessed to have two daughters, Sheri (Gary) Finn and Alison Fetner, with my wife Betty Jean Roberson of 25 years, who precedes me in death.
Sheri and Alison have given me three grandsons, Kyle Roberson Finn, Finn Eugene Fetner and Sawyer Sean Fetner.
I did remarry after Betty’s death to Sue Fenton Fetner and have been married to her for 40 years, I have four stepchildren, Randy Peters, Greg Peters, Mindy Peters Jones and Kelly Peters Raymond, who have provided us with numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
I loved life, cherished my friends and my church and am fortunate to have lived the life I did. Most of my adult life I worked in the space industry for RCA, as an electrical engineer.
After 32 years, I retired to be able to have fun with Sue traveling, spending summers at the cabin I built in Cashiers, and going to as many of the Gator football games we possibly could. During the time that I was working I also served for 18 years on the City of Melbourne’s Planning and Zoning Board and worked with a group of engineers in Melbourne to form and develop Florida Institute of Technology, which is now called Florida Tech.
I finished this journey called life on Sept. 11, 2018. Do not grieve for me. Be happy that after 89 years I have fought the fight, run the race and reached the finish line. I will be waiting for all of you.
A service to celebrate my life was conducted at Melbourne First United Methodist Church, 110 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, Florida, on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.