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Friday, June 6, 2014

Annandale resident Gene Moyer, of Gene's Antiques, passes away

Annandale man about town M. Eugene “Gene” Moyer, passed away May 30. He was 79.

Moyer grew up in Muncie, Ind., but spent the last quarter century in Annandale, where he owned an antiques shop and was a regular patron of the Juke Box Diner, Sunset Grille, and George Mason Library. “Dad loved Annandale,” says his daughter Rosemarie Moyer Nielsen of Lincolnia.

A long-time resident of Davian Drive, Moyer was well known around Annandale and had many friends here. He didn’t like to cook after his divorce, so he would eat out all the time, Nielsen recalls. When he became too ill last year to continue, staff from the Juke Box brought meals to his house.  

Moyer worked as a teacher for several years, then earned a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin, and moved to the D.C. area, where he was a health economist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

After retiring from the federal government in 1999, Moyer owned Gene’s Antiques at the Antique Emporium on Little River Turnpike for several years. When the antiques business declined—due in no small part to the rise of eBay—he donated much of the inventory to the Treasure Trove, another Annandale institution where he was a regular.

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