Eugene Sylvain Lhoste passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the ripe old age of 92. He was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, where he met his wife, Katherine, who preceded him in death. As a teenager, Eugene worked as a “salad boy” at the Hollywood Dinner Club. He served 2 years in the Merchant Marines and worked at Todd Shipyard during World War II. Later, Eugene worked as a machinist leadman at Union Carbide and retired after 30 years. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church for many years where he received the Pillar of the Church Award. Eugene always had a story to tell and was ready to fix anything, from cars to floors, and everything in between.
Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Lhoste, his daughter, Joyce Elfstrom; and his sister, Josie Fairfax.
He is survived by his daughter, LaNan Hernandez and husband, Josh; son-in-law, Carroll Elfstrom; grandchildren: Kathy Gainer and husband, James; Nanette Dickerson and husband, Jack; Lauren Molis and husband, Joey; Danny Garcia; Steven Garcia; and Cheryl Rutledge and husband, Alan. He will also be fondly remembered by his great grandchildren: Ryan Gainer, Trey Garcia, Jared Garcia, Amy Rutledge, Brett Rutledge, Brenden Garcia, Caleb Garcia, Sonny Dickerson, Tyler Dickerson, and Landon Molis; and extended family members: Josh and Becky Hernandez and their children, Andrea and Joshua; Sandra and Jerry Don Meador and their daughter, Kirsten; and James Hernandez and his sons, Jeremy and Justin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Eugene’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Thursday, April 24th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 25th, at First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will follow the service at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Trey Garcia, Jared Garcia, Tyler Dickerson, Brenden Garcia, Ryan Gainer, Alan Rutledge, Jack Dickerson, and James Gainer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Dickerson, Brett Rutledge, Landon Molis, and Caleb Garcia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to First Lutheran Church Capital Campaign Fund, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550.