Eugene Loya loved and served his God, Family and Country. He was born in Portage July 6, 1936, to the late Rev. Stephen and Margaret Loya. He was one of 17 children in a wonderfully large and priestly Byzantine Catholic family. He passed away Monday, September 23, 2019, at the Bailey Family Center for Caring in St. Augustine, Fla.

Gene is survived by his spouse of 58 years, Nikolette Medvigy Loya. They were blessed with four sons, Victor of Colorado, Alex of Pennsylvania, Gregory of Florida and Peter, who passed in 2017. He is also survived by his brothers, Andrew, Theodore, Rev. Daniel and Lawrence; sisters Helen (Hvasta), Anna Jane (Petty), Kathy (Killian). He was loved by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Gene is preceded in death by his brothers, Stephen, Frances, Paul, Rev. John, Joseph, Timothy; and sister Mary (Najeski).

A true and proud patriot, he served his country in the United States Navy.

Eugene's family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 27, at BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME, 305 Rear Independence Street, Perryopolis. A Divine Liturgy of the Deceased will be celebrated by Father Oleh Seremchuk and clergy of the family at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 12 Railroad Street, Perryopolis. Eugene will be laid to rest at Mt. Saint Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown, with full military rights and honors being accorded by the George C. Marshall AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood.

A Parastas Service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh or the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown.

Condolences are welcome at blair-lowther.com.

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