Funeral Details

Gene Litwin

November 5, 1943 - March 19, 2024

Interment - Private


Jameson's Charhouse
1331 West Dundee Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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Shiva following at
Tomchik Residence
25528 Tamarack Drive
Wauconda, Illinois 60084
Monday from 4PM to 8PM

Memorial Contributions

American Heart Association
PO Box 840692
Dallas, Texas 75284-0692
National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, New York 10016-5337
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Eugene “Gene” Litwin, 80, passed away on March 19, 2024. Beloved husband of Janis Litwin. Loving father of Matt Litwin (Maria) Cudia, Jon Litwin, Katherine Litwin (Chad) Swan, Dr. Ian Litwin (Brenda) Paro. Adoring grandfather of Jolene Swan. Devoted brother of Howard (Edie) Litwin and Mira (Dr. Ken) Tomchik.

Born in Chicago to Joseph and Sylvia Litwin, Gene grew up in Humboldt Park, living in a two flat with his Grandparents on Christiana Avenue. A highlight of childhood were summers spent in Union Pier with his family and cousins. At thirteen his family moved to Rogers Park, where he attended Sullivan High School. Gene was the first person in his immediate family to attend college. He pursued a PhD in Philosophy, and completed dual Masters degrees, in Philosophy of Science and Mechanical Engineering at UIUC. A skilled clarinet player, he performed in UIUC’s marching band. As a young man he lived in Southern California, returning to Chicago to marry, and moving to Buffalo Grove in 1981 to raise a family. He worked as an expert witness in forensic engineering and ran his own safety consulting company. He testified at thousands of trials over the course of his career and published articles advocating for improved safety standards.

Gene was a member of MEL: Men Enjoying Leisure. Gene loved travel, meeting new people, and debating philosophical questions. He was a fan of artworks with a surrealist bent. Gene was fascinated by technological innovation and its potential benefits for humanity. He instilled a lifelong love of literature in his children, and will be remembered for his dry wit, his keen interest in people, his unconquerable optimism, and his playful, ever-present sense of humor. Services are private. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dear Litwin Family,
So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. My son, David, and Matt have been friends since they were 10years old. If you remember we lived on the corner of Lockwood and Lamont in Buffalo Grove right across from your house. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Very sincerely,
Marlene Senescu

marlene senescu
March 22, 2024
Also from Landon,
GENE was a great man being caring and considerate for all with a kind soul. Gene will be truly missed.
Landon and Debra

Debra Matheson
March 22, 2024
Also from Landon,
GENE was a great man being caring and considerate for all with a kind soul. Gene will be truly missed.
Landon and Debra

Debra Matheson
March 22, 2024
Dear Janis & Litwin Family,
You have my deepest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful person. words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of Gene's passing... He was a great man and will be missed by all..

stephanie pio
March 22, 2024
My heart is with all of you. I'll miss him so much and I feel so lucky I was able to call him my father-in-law.

Brenda Paro
March 22, 2024
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Janis and her whole family at this very sad time. He was a man who loved his family very dearly and will be greatly missed.

Marcia and Ira Neuberger -Catz
March 23, 2024
My Cousin Gene, what can I say? We four cousins spent lots of time together at Union Pier and I remember as the oldest, he took good care of us. He was responsible and kind. As we grew up because our parents were so close, we still got to spend time together. And I remember his kindness and fairness, and that he always seemed really smart. He was patient with me and as the youngest, I appreciated that. My mom and dad lived in California and loved it when he would come and visit them. We all loved him and he was easy to love. I smile when I think about him . Rest in peace, sweet Cousin.

Joyce Major
March 25, 2024
All my love to the Litwin family. You raised one heck of a friend and philosopher in Ian.

Ben Mjolsness
March 25, 2024