Eugene (Gene)'s Story
Eugene (Gene) James Fourney II, 93, of Highlands Ranch, died Monday September 4, 2017 at home following an illness.
Born in Blue Jay, WV on February 17, 1924, he was the son of Eugene (Bill) Fourney and Ned Fourney.
Survivors include his wife, Saranne Fourney; children, Eugene (Trip/Gene) J. Fourney III of Denver, CO, John Fourney of Council Bluffs, IA, Bob Fourney of Shawnee, KS, Maryanne Foster of Cincinnati, OH and Joe Fourney of Merkel, TX; sisters, Nuala Roberts of Columbia, MD and Mary Grace Houchens of Cincinnati, OH and brothers, Michael Fourney of Mailbu Beach, CA, Joseph Fourney of Beckley, WV and William (Billy) Fourney of Laurel, MD; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Gene Fourney worked from 1963 until just a few months ago as an Aeronautical Engineer for NASA and various contractors on unmanned space missions including Voyager, Cassini, Mars Rover, Viking, TDRS, Pluto, Maven along with numerous military, GPS and communication satellites. Prior to that, he worked for North American Aviation as an engineer.
Gene enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in November 1942 and served as a fighter pilot in guarding the Panama Canal Zone in WW2. He was assigned to the 315th Squadron based on the outskirts of Luneville, France in January 1945 toward the later stages of WW2. He flew P-47's in missions over Germany furnishing close support for the Army's ground troops along with strafing missions in destroying Germany's transportation routes and at Stuttgart Air Base. He made it through 125 missions in the P-47 with his last mission ending at Midnight on VE Day.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis De Sales, 622 S Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV on Saturday, September 23rd. Contact the Church for further details.
Published on September 6, 2017