Eugene John Pawlanta, age 79, of Waters, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018.
Eugene was born on July 14, 1939 to John and Stella (Duhoski) Pawlanta. Born and raised in Saginaw, he attended Holy Family School. On May 5, 1962, he married the love of his life Ilona Schauffele. In 1979, they moved to Northern Michigan where he pursued his joy of hunting, fishing, and waxing cars. In 1982, he became the owner and head chef of the Frederic Inn, which he owned for 36 years, during which time he became a proud member of the St. Mary Catholic Church parish.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ilona; children Lisa (Chris) Narsesian and Ken (Kathleen) Pawlanta; grandchildren Trent, Chase, Kenley, Peter, Lake, Kaid, and Keane; brother Ron Pawlanta; and longtime friends Siss and Tammy.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister Maryann Booms.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Frederic Inn on October 3, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
Friends and family may leave condolences online at nelsonsfuneralhome.com.