Eugene Falkenberg

Eugene Carl "Gene" Falkenberg (Grumpy Grandpa)

Sunday, June 2nd, 1935 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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Onalaska, WI: Eugene C. “Gene” Falkenberg, 84, died on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at his home. He was born in rural Chippewa County, WI on June 2, 1935 to Carl and Rose (Jiskra) Falkenberg. He graduated from Cornell High School in 1953. Gene was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith as a young man. On June 30, 1956, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Bunning at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Jim Falls, WI. He farmed for several years and then worked for 13 years at the local paper mill in Cornell, WI. He then moved to Onalaska and worked the next 25 years selling insurance for AAL. Gene had a deep love for his family and church family. He was often helping his siblings, children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors with chores or other projects. Following his retirement, he worked at various jobs until macular degeneration forced him to stop working. As his eyesight grew worse Gene began writing poetry and stories. He wrote under the pen name of “Grumpy Grandpa”. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and celebrations. He was an active member and supporter of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska as well as Luther High School. In his younger years Gene enjoyed going to area auctions and he had a love of old cars and John Deere farm machinery. Gene was an avid fan of the LaCrosse Loggers, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers (most of the time). Every summer, Gene looked forward to his trips to the Lions Club Camp for the visually impaired.

Gene is survived by his wife Betty of Onalaska; and their 4 children Diane (Rev. Ted) Gullixson of Mankato, MN, Donald Falkenberg of Milwaukee, WI, Steven Falkenberg of West Salem, WI and Scott (Lindsay)
Falkenberg of Onalaska, WI. Six grandchildren: Mark and Paul Gullixson of Mankato, MN, Carissa, Sidney, Levi and Cailyn Falkenberg of Onalaska, WI. One great-grandson John Webber of West Jordan, UT. He is also survived by 13 brothers and sisters Muriel Rose of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Evelyn (Howard) McAvoy of Pine City, MN, Ernest Falkenberg of Independence, WI, Carl (Judy) Falkenberg of Cornell, WI, Beverly (Dick) Paulsen of Eleva, WI, Rodger (Donna) Falkenberg of Bloomer, WI, Margaret Fincham of Bradenton, FL, Mary Ann (Larry) Lemmo of Meridian, ID, Donna (Gary) Loring of Holcombe, WI, Janise (Kevin) Westerman of Onalaska, WI, William (Janice) Falkenberg of Menomonee Falls, WI, Leslie Falkenberg of FL, and Dawn (Greg) Gardner of Chanhassen, MN. Also survived by an Aunt Ruth Jiskra of Holcombe, WI along with cousins and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by a toddler son David Eugene Falkenberg, a granddaughter Ruth Marie Wilde Webber and two brothers Joseph and LaVern Falkenberg.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Onalaska. The Rev. Olson will officiate. Burial will be in the Cornell Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral and Cremation Service in Onalaska on Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and again at the church on Thursday from 12:00 pm until the time of the service.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Luther High School Building Fund.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    January 29, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    January 29, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Fossum Funeral and Cremation Service Onalaska
    510 2nd Ave S
    PO Box 278
    ONALASKA, WI 54650
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  • Second Visitation

    January 30, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    January 30, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
    1201 Main Street
    ONALASKA, WI 54650
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  • Service

    January 30, 2020 | 1:00pm
    January 30, 2020 1:00pm
    St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
    1201 Main Street
    ONALASKA, WI 54650
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Daniel Olson


Donations are being accepted for: LUTHER HIGH SCHOOL (H008).


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Tammy Frion Damon

Posted at 08:36pm
I was lucky enough to meet Gene, a longtime friend of my Father, Leon Frion. We met in Holcomb at their class reunion. It was the only reunion my Dad made! It was great hearing the stories of my Dad, Gene and Dick. Gene was so friendly and wrote a wonderful poem of the good ol’ days. We now have lost all three of this honorable men. My what a heavenly reunion. Our condolences to Genes wife Betty, his family and all who loved him. Gods Peace.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We enjoyed our family time together.
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Dave Cooley

Posted at 12:48pm
Betty and family,
I am sorry to hear of your losing Gene. We have been sharing rides to and from Lions Camp for over a dozen years. He called himself the "Grumpy Grandpa", but I sure didn't see any Grumpiness. At Lions Camp he got me involved in playing cards getting to know fellow campers. Gene was a nice guy to know, and he was very proud of his family.
I have emailed several Camp friends and I am sending a memorial to Wisconsin Lions Camp in his memory.
Dave Cooley, Black River Falls,WI


Lori Getter

Posted at 10:09pm
Betty & family - my parents - Harlie & Jean Getter enjoyed having you as neighbors! My dad passed away in 2018. My mom is in assisted living and sends her condolences. Lori Getter

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