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Eugene Dymkowski, 85, of Clinton, passed away, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 surrounded by his family.
Memorial Services will be 2:00pm, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church Clinton. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00-6:00pm and from 1:00pm to the service time Sunday at the church. Private family burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory assisted the family with the cremation. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at www.snellzornig.com.
Eugene Dymkowski was born on December 9, 1931 in Bayonne, New Jersey the son of Joseph and Lottie (Cerkanowicz) Dymkowski. He enlisted in the United States Navy on August 9, 1950 and was discharged on May 21, 1954. Following his discharge from the Navy he went to the American Theater Wing in New York before moving to Sioux City and attending Morningside College as Gene Dow, graduating in 1960. He married Evelyn Woestman on July 31, 1960 in Sioux City.
After graduating from Morningside he began teaching art and drama in Goose Lake, Elvria, and Charlotte from 1961-1964. He then began teaching art at Washington Middle School from 1964-until his retirement in 1994. Gene was an actor and director at the Carriage House Theatre.
Known as the weekend warrior, Gene worked weekends at KROS radio from 1963 until the present. He hosted a Big Band music show and Broadway music show for many years and was also the host of the popular weekday feature Homespun Lane for the past 6 years. He is a member of the KROS Hall of Fame.
Gene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was an announcer for the Clinton Dodgers for one season and was on the board of the Clinton Baseball Club for many years. Gene also served on the Timber Lake Playhouse board for 21 years and performed in many TLP productions during his tenure. He was the most recent inductee into the TLP Hall of Fame.
Gene kept an eye on most sports. His favorite was always Iowa Hawkeye football and enjoyed sharing his season tickets with family.
Eugene is survived by his wife: Evelyn of Clinton; his children: Eugene Dymkowski, II, of Artesia, New Mexico, Paul (Nanci) Dymkowski of Clinton, Laura Dymkowski of Clinton, and Karol (Brent) Shepherd of Marion, Iowa; two grandsons: Easton and Dawson Eugene Shepherd; his brother: Arthur (Barbara) Dymkowski of Wellington, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.
Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Timber Lake Playhouse.
Published on August 3, 2017
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