Eugene "Gene" Silhan, a retired customer service engineer and avid gardener, died of cancer Sunday at his Forest Hill home. He was 77.
Mr. Silhan was born in Baltimore and raised in Rosedale. He was a 1947 graduate of Kenwood High School and served as a radar technician in the Air Force during the Korean War.
Mr. Silhan was a customer service engineer for International Business Machines for 30 years before retiring in 1987.
Mr. Silhan enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. He was a multitalented man who could fix anything, family members said.
"He could do baking and cooking as well as build a house," said his wife of 48 years, the former Connie Reinisch.
Another hobby of Mr. Silhan's was fishing the Susquehanna River flats.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Evans Funeral Home, 3 Newport Drive, Bel Air.
Also surviving are a stepson, Scott W. Robinson of Perryville; two daughters, Lisa T. Silhan of Forest Hill and Cynthia J. Silhan of Bel Air; three brothers, Thomas Silhan and Vincent Silhan, both of Parkton, and Jerry Silhan of Upperco; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.