Gene A. Bethke

Gene “Geno” Alan Bethke, went home to his heavenly father on October 31, 2018. Gene blessed his family and this world for 70 years. Gene was born June 27, 1948 to Norbert and Leona Bethke in Ripon, WI. Gene graduated from Goodrich High School in 1968. He married the love of his life, Eileen Williams on February 19, 1977 in Fond du Lac, WI.

Gene worked various jobs until he retired and continued with his joy of fixing up lawn mowers and snow blowers. He truly had the touch for small engines. Gene will be remembered for his favorites, Diet Coke and Snickers.

Gene will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 41 years, Eileen; daughter, Tracy Smith; son, James (Tiffany) Bethke; three grandchildren, Gambit, Cloe, and Finn; brother, Roger (Joann) Bethke; sister, Luann Bethke and special friend, Tony; aunt, Elva (Melvin) Schultz; nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death and welcomed home by his father, Norbert and mother, Leona; stepmother, Veronica; his truly great friend, Art Schierland; and other family and friends.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Redeemer Lutheran Church from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM at church with Rev. James Borgwardt officiating. Cremation has taken place.

On behalf of the Bethke family we would like to extend a special thank you to the staff Agnesian Hospice for all the support and help you have given not only to Gene but to the whole family. You all have been angels, or as Gene would say “YUP”.

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