Gene Edward Syarto
Gene Edward Syarto of Vero Beach; a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, received his heavenly wings August 23, 2022 having just celebrated his 83rd birthday with family.
The son of Edward Adam Syarto and Dorothy Ella Brigham was born August 1939 and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. Gene attended various institutions of higher learning to obtain an extensive array of educational degrees, honors and accolades; and was proficient in several languages.
At the age of 23, Gene enlisted in the United States Air Force. Over the course of more than 25 years of active and reserve duty, Gene become a pilot and rose through the ranks from Second Lieutenant and ultimately being promoted to the rank of Major. After retiring from the Air Force, Gene utilized his years of experience and faithful service to his country and for the next 22 years, continued to serve as a teacher for countless students in the JROTC program at Eau Gallie High School. Gene continued to serve by setting up and leading the first Ministry Leader Emeritus for the Celebrate Recovery Program at his church where he left a huge impact on thousands of people in the community. While difficult to isolate facets of this impactful and wonderful man, people remember “a larger than life man with a big brain and heart” moreover, most say Gene is remembered for his kindness and empathy to all that were fortunate to have known him.
Gene is preceded in death by parents Edward A. Syarto and Dorothy E. Hedberg (Milton); and grandson Steven W. Syarto. Gene will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Cynthia M. Syarto; Brother, Bruce R. Syarto (Roseann); Children, Jon M. Syarto, David W. Syarto (Susan); Children by marriage, Renee L. Thurn, Jacqueline L. Elfers, Michael T. Elfers (Lisa) and Kristen K Elfers Grossman (Brian); Grandchildren Natalie, Adam, Amanda, Andrew, Anthony, Victoria, Amber, Kaylee, Dennis and Kyle; many great grandchildren, extended family and friends.
A private, military acknowledgment honoring the life of Gene E. Syarto will be held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.
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