Eugene Neugebohr, founder of Auto Electric International in Southfield, Mich., passed away on Nov. 21, 2021. Eugene was a beloved husband, cherished father, proud grandfather, and dear friend. Eugene was a leader in the remanufacturing community.
Funeral services were held on Nov. 23, 2021. In a heartfelt eulogy, Eugene was fondly remembered by his son, Oren Neugebohr. “Family was the most important thing to Eugene, and it carried over at work, where he took care of each employee like they were his own family,” said Oren. “He knew how to balance work and play better than anyone. He was the hardest working man up until the end.”
Eugene started Auto Electric International (AEI) in 1979. His son, Oren, joined the company along the way. Together, they built a leading remanufacturer of rotating electrical products, mainly starter motors, alternators, generators and HV motor-generators for OES. AEI is well respected in the industry and a longtime supporter of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) and MERA - The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing.
“Eugene and I first met after MERA was formed in 2011,” said MERA President and COO John Chalifoux. “From the start, Eugene was a trusted advisor and a dear friend. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.”
Oren added, “Eugene had many interests and there was never a dull day with him. He truly lived life to the fullest and never took a single day for granted. AEI will continue to operate and honor Eugene’s legacy.”