Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 24, 2013

Eugene Lawton Hoxie Died Sept. 20, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — KINGSLEY — Eugene Lawton Hoxie, 87, passed from this life, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Gene was born May 10, 1926, in Traverse City, to Douglas and Isla Hoxie. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. On June 16, 1950, Gene married Katherine L. Riley in Traverse City.

Carrying on his legacy are his wife, Katherine; son, Mel (Shirley) Hoxie and grandson, Andrew; son, Douglas (Debbie) Hoxie and granddaughter, Amy; daughter, Shirley (Larry) Morgan and grandchildren, Justin (Kari) Morgan, Sarah (Jim) Morgan Douglas, Brandon (Jacqueline) Morgan, Kevan (Madeleine) Morgan, Patrick (Lindsey) Morgan and Emily K. (Travis) Waddell; daughter, Debra (Kirk) Steffens and grandchildren, Adam (Theresa) Steffens, Kyle Steffens (Samantha Drow) and Abigail Steffens; and treasured great-grandchildren, Sam Waddell, Jacob and Roman Douglas, and Zachary and Alexander Miller-Morgan. Gene also leaves “sister” Elsie Larcom; sister-in-law and special friend, Lucille Lewis and Frank Maxwell; and sisters-in-law, Janet (Francis, deceased) Hoxie and Donna (Dan) Zenner; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Gene was predeceased by his five siblings.

Eugene so enjoyed his family, going to the casino with Katherine, farming, fishing, building, woodworking, traveling and spending time at his son-in-law and daughter’s house in Arizona. He and his wife visited several states with his Navy buddies for their annual reunions. His many adventures included a hot air balloon ride at the age of 80; celebrating his 60th wedding anniversary on a raft ride on the Colorado River with his wife, daughter and son-in-law; and a trip in August this year on the Nauticat on Grand Traverse Bay where he had spent many years fishing.

Gene spent his last day of life here with his “buddy,” his beloved son, Mel, building furniture for Christmas gifts for his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

It was truly a pleasure to have known Gene, and a privilege to have shared time with him.

The family would like to thank the staff and patrons of the Outback Restaurant who assisted Gene on Friday, Sept. 20, and the caring staff of Munson Medical Center.

Per Gene’s wishes, no public service will be held. Please visit Gene’s webpage at to sign the guest book and share a message with his family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the arrangements.