In memoriam of Eugene William Sonnichsen, 03/17/1953-10/06/2017

Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, The Boyd Chapel

In memoriam of Eugene William Sonnichsen, 03/17/1953 - 10/06/2017

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Eugene William Sonnichsen, 64 of Stevensville passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman with Reverend Dr. Christopher Noffke officiating. Friends may meet with the family on Tuesday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be in Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Lincoln Township. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Ln, St Joseph, MI 49085. Online condolences accepted at

Gene was born March 17, 1953 in St. Joseph the son of the late Robert and Marcella (Hemmelgarn) Sonnichsen. Gene served his country in the US Army in South Korea and was a member of the Baroda American Legion Post 345. He was also a member of the Benton Harbor VFW Post 1137 and the Loyal Order of Moose, Benton Harbor, Lodge 1570. Previously he had been a conductor for the C&O Railroad and most recently owned and operated Gene's Towing. He enjoyed going to local car shows and help organizing them.

Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer (John "A.J.") Nedoba; granddaughter, Nicole Lee Nedoba; his long time girlfriend "his housemouse" Loretta Wheeler; two sisters, Sharon (Mark) Grothe and Susan (Steve) Hudzinski; his brother-in-law, Ronald Kubsch; nieces and nephews, Randy, Ryan, Rachel, Marsha and Melissa; and A.J.'s parents, John and Lorraine Nedoba.

Gene was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert F. Sonnichsen in 2016 and his best friend, Ronald E. Schomer from South Carolina.

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