HORNELL-Eugene F. “Gene” Pettibone, also known as “Dutch” since childhood, of Glen Avenue, entered into rest at the age of 89, Saturday afternoon (Aug. 4, 2018) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, surrounded by the love of his family and his devoted caregiver, Andrea.
Born in Hornell on Dec. 12, 1928, he was a son of the late Bernard and Hazel (Neu) Pettibone. On Dec. 7, 1957 he was married at Christ Episcopal Church in Hornell to the former Audrey M. Allen, who predeceased him on July 17, 2009 after 51 ½ years of marriage. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his stepson, Richard Allen “Al” Rosell; his sister, Alta Dennis and his brother, Bernard Pettibone.
Raised in Hornell, Gene also resided at one time in Alfred Station and Fillmore. He attended Hornell High School before he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After spending a year with the Army, he enlisted with the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country from 1948 to his honorable discharge in 1969 attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer, Gunnersmate and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Fifth Navy Good Conduct Award. Some of the time he spent with the Navy was during the Korean War and he was stationed aboard the USS Bristol, USS O’Hare, the USS John R. Perry and the USS Voge. Gene loved traveling the world during this time. After his active duty he served with the Navy Fleet Reserves.
After returning to Hornell in 1969 he became employed with the former SKF Corp. and Steuben Trust Company. In 1972 he partnered with his father-in-law and co-owned and operated along with his wife, Roy Allen’s Service Station and Allen’s Car Wash and Laundromat on Main Street in Hornell until they retired in 1997.
Gene was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Hornell, a life member of the Arthur H. Cunningham American Legion Post No. 440 in Hornell, the Hornell Sportsmen’s Club, the Hornell Area Family YMCA and was a former member of the Cpl. J.J. Mooney VFW Post No. 2250 also in Hornell.
He was an avid bowler and sponsored and bowled on a league team, “Allen’s Car Wash” and went on to win many tournaments. Throughout the years he and his wife Audrey would spend time traveling to Navy Reunions and he would often corresponded with other Navy veterans on special occasions. He loved the NY Yankees and enjoyed watching their games on television. He also enjoyed trips to the casino with his family. Feeding an watching the birds and squirrels in his backyard at his home on Glen Avenue brought Gene immense joy.
Gene will be remembered most of all for being a loving husband, father and friend. He was a very charitable and generous man who was always willing to anonymously help others in need.
His loving family includes his three children, Gail (Timothy) Moore of Hornell, Martin (Irasema) Pettibone of Rochester and Ann (Mark) Domingos of Hornell; his four grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Hess of Hornell, Edward McNelis (Tessa) of Sterling, N.J., Samuel (Katie) Moore of Streetsboro, Ohio and Jacob Moore of Hornell; his two great-grandsons, Kolby and Riley Hess; his sister Carol (Herbert) Bayne of Almond; as well as his nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Eugene F. “Gene” Pettibone.
Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 10, 2018) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, where the Hornell American Legion Post will conduct a Memorial Service at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Friends are invited to join his family at Christ Episcopal Church in Hornell where a Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 11, 2018). Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at Alfred Rural Cemetery, Alfred Station.
The United States flag and the Navy flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Gene’s military service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either Christ Episcopal Church, PO Box 336, Hornell or to the Hornell Area Family YMCA, 18 Center St., Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences or remembrances of Gene are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.