Eugene “Gene” Vohen, 86, Beaver Dam, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at Hillside Manor after a brief illness.
The visitation will be at Koepsell Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, from 3-7 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 29, there will be a visitation at St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam from 10:30-11:20 a.m. A funeral service will follow at church Friday at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Philip Heyer officiating. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens.
Eugene Vohen was born May 7, 1931, in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, to John and Cecelia (Roidt) Vohen. He graduated from Denmark High School. Gene served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 and was honorably discharged from the Army Reserves Oct. 1, 1959. He was recently honored to travel to Washington, D.C., as part of the Badger Honor Flight. Gene was united in marriage with Lorraine Welk on Nov. 28, 1970, in Beaver Dam. He proudly owned and operated Gene’s Tires in Beaver Dam. Gene was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 146 in Beaver Dam and was also a member of VFW Post 1163 in Beaver Dam. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam where he previously served as an elder and was a longtime usher. Gene was an avid outdoorsman. Racing was a lifelong love of Gene’s, from when he was younger and built and raced his own go-carts to watching his grandson’s dirt track racing for the past 30 years.
Survivors are his wife, Lorraine; children, Michael (Marilyn), Patrick (Laurie), Sandra (Tom) Schoenberger, Nancy (Russell) Young, Sharon Hookstead and Diane (Lee) Sackett; grandchildren, Amber (Jeremy) Smith, Matthew Vohen, Caitlin Vohen, David (Kim) Schoenberger, Cynthia (Kory) Koltz, Melissa Griffin, Lafe (Jamie) Sackett and Dustin (Ruth) Sackett; 14 great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jessica, Emily, Ashley, Ridley, Landon, Kylee, Zachary, Jacob, Joshua, Abigail, Broc, Maxen and Samantha; five great-great-grandchildren; brother, John (Mary Lou) Vohen; sister-in-law, Helen Fredrick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; first wife in 1969; a brother, Maynard (Mary Ann) Vohen; and a great-great-grandson.
Memorials may be made in Eugene Vohen’s name to St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam or the Badger Honor Flight.
Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences or for directions and other information, visit KoepsellFH.com.