Col. Eugene Stanley Lynch, 85, of Springfield, Va., died August 6, 2019. He was the son of Charles and Viola Lynch.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Virginia Lynch who he referred to her as honey or sweetie and first met her as part of his First Holy Communion class 14 years earlier; sons Michael E. Lynch, William S. Lynch, Brian Lynch; daughters Kathleen Pepper, Pamela Ott; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Sammy, and Kristopher Pepper, Michelle Appel and Matthew Lynch, Courtney and Julianna Ott; great grandchildren Ben and Alexis Pepper; brother Henry Lynch; sister Eleanor Nigro; and wonderful nephews and nieces. Gene was predeceased by his brothers Carl and Leonard Lynch, sister Dolores Gabany.
Gene was a Cadet at West Point as part of the Class of 1956. He attended daily Mass at the Catholic Chapel which helped him throughout his four years. He was an excellent athlete and loved playing intramural sports with lacrosse being his favorite. He was a US Army Ranger Paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. He served in the Field Artillery during the Vietnam war. During his military service Gene coached his children’s sports teams and teaching his players the fundamentals. Coach Lynch immensely enjoyed his players improvements over the course of the season and his players loved playing for him. He served as an Usher and handed out bulletins at church.
After retiring from the Army in 1982, Colonel Lynch worked for Applied Research Corporation on NASA programs and later for Metters Industries rising to Chief Operating Officer until retiring from private industry.
In retirement, Gene enjoyed volunteering at Nativity Catholic Church teaching middle school mathematics, Algebra I Honors Program, and tutoring students after school and receiving great fulfillment from their success, serving in various positions of a 11th Airborne Division Association chapter, 50th reunion treasurer for his West Point class and as an active alumni, being a good neighbor, and supporting his various sports teams from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. areas.
Colonel Lynch held a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Friends and family may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria VA on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Nativity Catholic Church, 6400 Nativity Lane Burke, VA on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 12 noon. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Col. Eugene S. Lynch either to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Originally published August 16, 2019.