~~Eugene W. Schanbacher, 101, formerly of Chatham, NJ, passed away on March 8, 2017 at Warren Haven Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oxford, NJ. He was born in Newark, NJ on February 18, 1916.
For thirty-one years Eugene served on the police force in Chatham Borough. He retired with the rank of lieutenant in 1980. A graduate of Barringer High School in Newark, Eugene also attended Chatham High School and following his retirement, attended Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In 2004, he and his wife of 71 years, Mayme, moved to Belvidere, NJ. Eugene also served as a gunnery sergeant in the marines during WWII. He fought at Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands, and Cape Gloucester, New Britain. As part of the First Marine Division, Eugene also participated in the invasion of Peleliu in1944.
He enjoyed hunting and for many years taught hunter safety courses to local teens. He was also a long-time member of the Florham Park Pistol and Rifle Club. His grandfather served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and Eugene had a life-long interest in history, particularly of that era. He also liked taking hikes in the Great Swamp in Chatham Township, often taking his grandchildren with him.
Eugene will be lovingly remembered by is wife Mayme, his three sons, Robert, John, and Richard Schanbacher, his daughter, Joyce McDonald, and seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 11, between 10:00 a.m. and 11: 30 am, followed by a Prayer Service at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home 345 Main St, Chatham, NJ. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.