Gene Douglas McDonough, age 64, of Pickerington, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 28. 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee. Gene was a 1969 graduate of Bassett Senior High School in La Puente, California. He was a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where he studied geography. He was also a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Gene was a member of MENSA and Phi Theta Kappa.
He was in the U. S. Army and the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam war era. He continued his military education and service. He was U.S. Army Retired. Not satisfied with that distinction, he was involved, at different times, with the Ohio Military Reserve, and was a Major in the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force.
His entire professional career involved computers. He started out in the military as a payroll data procession technician. He worked as a computer programmer at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California; Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Dallas, Texas; General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, Environment Data Resources in Fairfield, Connecticut. He became a Data Base Administrator and worked in that capacity at IBM, CSC, and Designer Shoe Warehouse.
Gene loved to travel. He had travelled to all 50 states of the U.S., and had taken many trips through the Caribbean and Mexico. Although Gene and Ann had only been married 31 years, they had known each other for more than 50 years.
Gene was born on December 16, 1951 in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California. He was the son of Delores Mae Meyers and Arthur Roy McDonough. On December 8, 1984 he married Ann Michele Allen, of Pickerington, Ohio, and she survives.
Other survivors include father, Arthur Roy McDonough of California; son Richard McDonough of Toronto, Canada; daughters Caroline McDonough of Northport, Ohio and Laura McDonough of Pickerington, Ohio; step-daughter Sarah Parker-Allen of Bucyrus, Ohio; daughter in law, Jacqueline Valencia of Toronto, Canada; and grandchildren Christopher and Alexandria of Toronto, Canada. He also leaves a few cousins in California and Ohio, and was preceded in death by his mother.
Veteran services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 4, 2016 at Dayton National Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.