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Eugene “Gene” D. Silovsky

Gene Silovsky, 69, died Thursday Nov. 21, 2013 at his home in Redmond.
He was born in Chicago Ill. on May 5, 1944, to Josef Silovsky and Aliosie (Danek) Silovsky.
He graduated from St. Mel High School with academic honors and a scholarship to Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point. While in high school he participated in football and baseball. Upon graduation from Stevens Point with honors and a degree in Conservation, he received a scholarship to attend Oregon State University to obtain his Masters Degree.
Gene’s professional life included more than 26 years with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest Region. His Forest Service career began in 1972 on the Siuslaw National Forest on the Central Oregon Coast. From 1977 to 1987 Gene was the wildlife biologist for the Fremont National Forest headquartered in Lakeview. Additional opportunities included time spent as the wildlife biologist for the Fremont National Forest from 1977-1987, and a brief tenure with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife as assistant chief Habitat Conservation Division from 1989-1991 while working on the Northern Spotted Owl. Additional opportunities included assignments to task forces in Alaska and Central Oregon. Throughout his career he provided fish and wildlife technical information to a variety of legislators and legislative committees. His work also included time as the coordinator of the Blue Mountain Elk Initiative.
He ended his career as assistant wildlife program manager in 1999 in the Portland Regional Office.
Gene was very active in The Wildlife Society, including serving as President of the Oregon Chapter and other volunteer efforts involved the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Sheep Foundation, Waterfowl USA and Ducks Unlimited Inc.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother and sister.
He is survived by his brother George J. Silovsky Sr. (Topeka, Kan.), four nephews and a niece, ten great-nieces and nephews, one great-great-niece and nephew, and two cousins in Chicago, Lil and Georgiana. Gene and his companion of 27 years, Pam, enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips together including a safari to South Africa, several national parks and the Baja.
The body has been cremated. A committal service was held at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Topeka on Nov. 30, 2013. A Celebration of Life will be held in Corvallis at the Benton County Fairgrounds Carriage House on Jan. 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Donations in Gene’s name may be made to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife scholarship fund at Oregon State University. http://www.evite.com/event/0329S4S7WLQHUMTASEPDLOQZWDPLI4 Facebook ‚Gene Silovsky Memorial

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