Dr. Eugene B. Stegmaier, DDS, 92, (formerly of Woodstock, Ill.) died June 5, 2011, at his home in Oro Valley, Ariz., surrounded by his loving family.
Dr. (Doc) Stegmaier was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Farmington, Minn., to John and Ann Stegmaier. He married Muriel Whiting in 1943.
He graduated from the Loyola School of Dentistry in Chicago in 1942. He served four years in the Navy during World War II as a dentist stationed in London.
He and Muriel had nine children, Daniel (Susan) Stegmaier, Woodstock, Ill.; Sally Stegmaier (aka Annee Siegel), Oro Valley, Ariz.; William (Debbie) Stegmaier, Dixon, Ill.; Nina Rudsinski Stegmaier, Catalina, Ariz.; Patricia Jill (Larry) Lappin, Dixon, Ill.; Thomas (Cathy) Stegmaier, Highland, Mich.; Mark (Janine) Stegmaier, Montara, Calif.; James (Jacquie) Stegmaier, Steamboat Springs; and John Stegmaier, Boise, Idaho. They had 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Dr. Stegmaier practiced dentistry for 30 years in Woodstock, Ill., and 18 years in the Tucson, Ariz., area before retiring in 1994. He belonged to Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degrees. He was also a member of the Elks, Lions, Navy Club, VFW, American Legion and Chamber of Commerce in Woodstock. He belonged to five dental organizations in Illinois and two in Arizona, serving as president in three.
He loved gardening and travel. He made friends wherever he went and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was so proud of every member of his family and loved them all unconditionally. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Stegmaier; his loving wife of 58 years, Muriel; and, his oldest son, Daniel.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in both Tucson, Ariz., and Woodstock, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to Doc’s favorite charity, Gospel Rescue Mission, 1130 West Miracle Mile, Tucson, AZ 85705, an organization offering shelter and services for the homeless.