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Eugene C. Holmberg, 91, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 in Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Born on March 27, 1926, in Rockford, the son of John Clarence and Marie (Lind) Holmberg. A graduate of Rockford East High School, Class of 1944, he received his Bachelor in Fine Arts from Beloit College. A Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II, he was one of the first Marines to enter Nagasaki after the bomb. Eugene married Joyce Lundeen on April 12, 1952 in Zion Lutheran Church. She predeceased him on March 20, 2017. Eugene worked at Barber-Colman and launched his career as an art director at WTVO in the early days of television. Eugene then co-founded Design Center (also known as Ad Center), as one of the original ‘Mad Men' in Rockford providing graphic art and advertising solutions. He was especially proud of the design of the "Sun Singer" Rockford Park District Symbol, instructions on how to make a sock monkey for Nelson Knitting, original logo for Channel 23 and a design award for a National Lock merchandiser. He also was the campaign advisor/ strategist/ art director for his wife Joyce Holmberg's State Senate campaigns and advised and acted as art director on many other campaigns. He was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church where he was the President of Mr. & Mrs. Group and the editor of the Messenger. Eugene currently belonged to St. Mark Lutheran Church. He was the President of the Cedar Shores Association in Cambridge, WI, founder of Bereaved Parents, co-founder of an international dinner group and a member of the Lake Ripley Country Club. He served in leadership positions in a number of local arts, professional, social service and museum related organizations. Many remember the custom family Christmas cards he designed every year. He painted many oil and water color paintings until work and family responsibilities took up most of his time. Eugene loved golfing, art, history, traveling, time beside and on Lake Ripley, annual trips to Destin, FL, dressing up to go dancing with Joyce and being surrounded by family. He built his house with his father and remodeled his cottage on his own. On any weekend you would find him working on a building or fix-it project.
Survived by his daughters, Gail (Henri Gillet) Holmberg of Oak Park, IL and Polly (Charlie) Haller of Rockford; granddaughters, Victoria and Maia Gillet; grandsons, Dillon and Wyatt Haller; sister, Janet Jegen of Indianapolis, IN; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Keith) Carriere of Manchester, CT; cousins; and nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by his parents; son, Todd Holmberg; and brother, Stanton Holmberg.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 in Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials can be made to The Rockford Park District Foundation, ATTN Lisa Alexander, 401 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101 for a memorial gift to be established in Gene's name.

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  1. Valeri DeCastris

    Oh, so sorry to hear about Gene. He was an outstanding man. I last saw him at your mother's funeral. I still miss your mother. What a dynamic duo they were. I loved working with Joyce in Springfield. What a gracious lady. And what a gentleman Gene was and so talented and giving. My father, the late musician Val Eddy always used to relate that, when he and Homer Carlson and Dave LaMond had their live music TV show downtown - your father hand-painted the signs of the songs on placards. I still have them! We are losing all these Rockford treasures. My heart goes out to the Holmberg family and I wish you peace now that Gene is with his beloved Joyce. My deepest sympathies to you on your loss. May he rest in peace. He will not be forgotten and gave so much to Rockford. Blessings upon you and God's grace to you all.

  2. Paul Wixom

    My condolences to the family.I worked with Joyce for many years, Great family,

  3. Joan Schmelzle

    My deepest sympathy to you all.

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