Eugene L. DeGrush

DIAMOND—Eugene L. DeGrush, “PeeWee,” 93, of Diamond, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at The Gardens at Park Pointe in Morris.
Born July 29, 1925 in Mazon, Eugene was a son of Forest and Luella (Steinberger) DeGrush. He was raised in Coal City, attended Coal City High School and went on to honorably serve in the United States Army during World War II. On Sept. 21, 1946, Eugene married Margaret Gallo in Assumption Catholic Church, and together they made their home and raised their daughter in Diamond.
PeeWee owned and operated DeGrush Poultry House prior to becoming an operating engineer with Local 150, from where he retired. He was a member of the American Legion, and was active in local government over the years, having served on the zoning Board with the Village of Diamond. PeeWee loved Chicago sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls. In addition, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as spending time at the club.
Survivors include his grandson, Thomas Jacobs and great-granddaughter, Savannah Jacobs, both of Diamond and numerous nieces and nephews.
PeeWee was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Margaret (2005); daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Anthony Olivo; his granddaughter, Maria Jacobs (2017) and 10 brothers and sisters: Vernon (Dorothy) DeGrush, Burnette (Louise) DeGrush, Lyle DeGrush, Wayne DeGrush, Kenneth (Lucille) DeGrush, Gladys (Warren) Trotter, Evelyn (Ralph) Brooks, Ampheon (Mabel) DeGrush, Howard (Adeline) DeGrush and Eleanor (John) Phillips.
Per PeeWee’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.
A private inurnment will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with his wife, daughter and granddaughter.
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Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City.