Gene “Dixon” Telfer, 79 of Fort Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Dixon was born on October 14th, 1938 in Fort Atkinson to Harlow and Jeanette (Romig) Telfer. In 1958 Dixon married Jean Behm, they shared a life until her death in 2001, together raising four wonderful children.

Dixon spent his life on his father’s dairy farm in Hebron WI. Agriculture was his life’s passion and he will be remembered for his dedication to the local farming community. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work and appreciation for quality dairy farming.

Dixon had a bright spirit and warm heart. His life was encompassed by a big loving family and was fortunate to have been embraced by his four stepsons and devoted wife of 15 years, Connie (Loeder-Beckard) Telfer who he married in 2003. Dixon will be remembered for supporting all of his 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren throughout all of their endeavors and will be dearly missed.

Dixon is survived by his treasured wife, Connie; beloved children, Gary (Mary) Telfer, Wendy (Jeff) Begovatz, Kevin Telfer and Brian (Tammy) Telfer and step-children Robert (Lana) Beckard, Ryan (Jessica) Beckard, Ryder Beckard and Richmond (Jameson) Beckard.

Dixon was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Norma Bickle; wife, Jean Telfer, and step-granddaughter, Katherine June Beckard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 26 at the Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson and from 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church until time of service.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery, town of Sumner.  A luncheon will follow at Busy Barns Adventure Farm in Fort Atkinson.

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