Ruenger, Eugene “Gene” W., age 100, of Woodville, WI, died December 24, 2018, surrounded by those he loved and who loved him.

Gene was born in Waukesha in 1918. He lived on a farmette in the city of Waukesha for 50 years, first with his father and brother and later his wife & children. The family moved to a farm near Whitewater in 1969, where he enjoyed farming along with his career at the Wisconsin Bell Telephone Company. At age 97, he and his wife moved to an apartment in Woodville.

Gene believed in service to the community and the environment. He was in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s and served in the US Navy during WWII. He was an active member of St. Luke’s, First English, and Zion Lutheran churches, and especially enjoyed lighting and caring for the oil lamps at the Heart Prairie church. As a Boy Scout leader, he took pleasure in many campouts, projects, and adventures with his son. He always conveyed a sense of stewardship of the land and brightened the lives of those with whom he interacted.

Gene is survived by his wife of 74 years, Jane; children Carol (James) Mittl, Virginia (Wayne) Thorne, and Eugene (Barbara); grandchildren Keith Mittl, Brandon Thorne, Peter Thorne, Aurora Thorne, Andrew Ruenger and Daniel Ruenger; and great-grandchildren Morrison, Tyann, Trinity, Lilyen, and Mazzy Mittl, and Kaylin, Natalie, Myles, and Nora Ruenger.

Services will be held 1:30 pm Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church, 221 Lockwood St., Woodville, WI, and later this spring, on a date to be determined, at Heart Prairie Lutheran Church, Whitewater, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church are preferred.


Share This
Posted in

Other Recent Posts

Power of Produce Club for Kids at the Whitewater City Market through July 30!

Read More

The Book Teller Makers Take Over Roberta’s Art Gallery

Read More

Representatives from Downtown Whitewater Inc. and PremierBank presented a $650 donation to the United Way of Walworth County.

Read More

Whitewater Police Called out to Main Street for Horses on the Loose

Read More

Whitewater High School Class of 1954 to Hold 65th Class Reunion on July 6

Read More

Whitewater Arts Alliance Summer Concert Series Savory Sounds Will Feature Tapestry on June 27

Read More

Warhawk Catholic Campus Ministry to Hold Open House June 29

Read More

“Isn’t It Romantic” – Tues., 6/25, 12:30 p.m. at Seniors in the Park

Read More

Free Women’s Health Class: Healthy Bones–Healthy You, June 25 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

Read More

WHS alum earns PhD in Political Science

Read More

Class of 1974 reunion to be held on July 13th

Read More

Upcoming City & Community Meetings: Week of June 24 – June 30

Read More

Douglas “Ollie” Lloyd Luloff, 68, of Palmyra, and previously of Whitewater, WI passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at his home.

Read More

Kyle James Koebler, age 35, of Madison, WI passed away June 5, 2019. Born in Rochelle, IL on July 11, 1983 to Vicki Matheny and John Koebler. Kyle served his country in the US Navy aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln from 2003 – 2007.

Read More

On Friday, June 14, 2019, Annette Eachor Setka, 68, passed away peacefully in the company of her daughters, Tanja Edenfield and Monique Wicker, at the latter’s home in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Read More