Eugene F. Weitzel, Sr. 75, creative director at WGAL

By on March 13, 2013

Eugene "Gene" F. Weitzel, Sr., 75, of Lititz, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his home on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

He was born in Philadelphia on May 14, 1937 and was married to Alice J. (Spackman) for 53 years. He attended St. Anne’s Catholic School, the Paradise School for Boys, Abbottstown, and graduated from Delone Catholic High School and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Gene was a skilled craftsman in cabinet-making, television and electrical appliance repair, and video production.

He worked at WGAL-TV 8, starting in 1957 as a carpenter building sets. He advanced to camera operator, audio technician, master control operator, producer, and ended his career as creative director after 43 years of service. He directed and produced the morning, afternoon and evening news programs, as well as popular television shows such as The Magic Cocoon, Percy Platypus, PM Magazine and the Live Show.

He was a member of the Lititz Fire Police, the Lancaster County C.B. Radio Club and was affectionately called the "Pennsylvania Tube Cracker." He attended Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church in Lititz for more than 48 years.

Gene was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife: Alice; son: Eugene F. Weitzel, Jr., of Rothsville; daughter: Christine D., wife of David Pearl, and granddaughters Cassandra, Breanna and Isabella, of York; son: Scott A., husband of Cindy (Rohrbach), and grandsons Nicholas and Carter, of Blandon; son: Greg A., husband of Jennie (Lyon), and granddaughters Virginia and Ashley, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Gene’s memorial service was held on March 8 at Trinity E.C. Church with the Rev. Harry T. Dow officiating and Mrs. Ruth Jean Heffner serving as organist.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gene’s memory may be made to the Susquehanna Association for the Blind (sabvi.com) or the Lititz Fire Company No. 1 (lititzfire.org).