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MISSOULA - Eugene H. Spring was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Milltown, to Orville Spring and Rita Thibodeau Spring and passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008.

The family later moved to Coeur d'Alene, where he spent the majority of his youth before entering the Army.

His passion in life was flying and he took his first solo flight when he was 15 years old.

Eugene was drafted into the U.S. Army at 18 years of age and he served from 1944-1946.

He was preceded in death by his parents Orville Spring and Rita D. Thibodeau Spring LaVoie, and brother Orville L. Spring on May 25, 2008.

Eugene is survived by his son Allen E. Spring (Liz); daughter Lillian Lehuta (Bob); grandchildren Anthony Spring (Melissa), Angelina Helmick (Zach) of Seattle and Bradley, Daniel and Jennifer Lehuta of Missoula; great-grandson Paxton Spring; sister Rita C. "Babe" Sharbono; and several nieces and nephews.

Donations of your choice can be made to Hospice of Missoula or Beehive Homes.

Thank you to all who supported Eugene and his family during this past year.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Garden City Funeral Home. Internment with military honors will follow at the Missoula City Cemetery.

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