Eugene Stegelmeyer, 85, of Reno, Nev., died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, in that city.

He was born Aug. 9, 1917, in Granite City, Ill., to Alfred and Ruby Graham Stegelmeyer.

Mr. Stegelmeyer married Nadine Goggin on May 29, 1943, in Granite City, Ill.

He served in the United States Army Air Corp in World War II.

He had a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa.

He taught English and social studies at Emerson Junior High School in Los Angeles.

The Stegelmeyers lived a number of years in Idyllwild before moving to Reno two-and-a-half years ago.

He was a life member of the Friends of Idyllwild Library and served on the Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s Board of Commissioners.

Mr. Stegelmeyer enjoyed fishing and reading.

Inurnment was private and handled by FitzHenry’s Crematory of Carson City, Nev.

Along with his wife, he is survived by a sister, Velma York of Reno; and a nephew and niece, Randall York and Suzanne Baker of Mammoth Lakes.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Idyllwild Community Fund, 3800 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501.