Company founder Gene Weil, 95, peacefully passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from Sullivan High School in 1936, and studied at the University of Illinois as well as DePaul University in Chicago.
Gene joined the Illinois National Guard in 1941, and was inducted into the US Army where he served until 1945 in a medical detachment. After moving to Los Angeles, California in 1949, he met Marion Kramer, and they married in 1951.
In 1961 Gene changed occupations. He began a long career in the pump industry working for his three uncles, who owned Weil Pump Company. He opened a factory office in Los Angeles, Weil Pump Company of California. He broke away from Weil Pump in 1964, and ran an independent representative agency (now Weil Aquatronics) for more than 20 years until his retirement in 1984. Gene loved to spend time with his family and friends. He was actively involved in B’nai B’rith, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), and after retiring volunteered his time at the local senior center.
Gene is survived by his son, James (Susan) Weil, and daughter, Helene Weil; grandchildren, Anya Shulman, Valerie and Ondrej Weil; sister Dorothy Manolson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Marion.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.