Eugene Glen Land (AKA Geno), 79, of Kaukauna passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Eugene was born on June 3, 1942 in Appleton, son of Victor and Gladys (Johnston) Land. Eugene grew up in Kaukauna and went on to spend four years in the United States Air Force, stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. After the Air Force, he moved back to Kaukauna and worked at Giddings and Lewis as a machinist until he retired.
Geno, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Fox Valley Christian Fellowship Church, Calumet Flyers Club and Trigger Action Sports. Eugene volunteered his time at the Food Pantry and as a Docent, greeting guests at the EAA Museum. He enjoyed history and attending the EAA AirVenture show with family.
Geno had a deep, bellowy, infectious laugh, which immediately infected the people around him. His friends and loved ones will remember Geno for his wisdom and how well he could keep a secret. Everyone enjoyed striking up a conversation with him over a cup of coffee. Being completely genuine, Geno had a special gift with people – everyone around him felt nothing but love – he will be greatly missed by so many.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Mary (Teal) Land; his children: Kelly Land, Debbie Land, Jodi Land, Heather LaRue, and Clint (Abby) LaRue; 13 grandchildren: Jocelyn, Mollie (Lucas), Charlie, Connor, Preston, Nolan, Mason, Rylee, Marshall, Tommy, Ashton, Alivia, Eva and Aylani; great grandson, Michael, special friend John Vander Velden, and his best friend Lilly the Schnauzer.
Eugene was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra (Storzer) Land; his parents, Victor and Gladys (Johnston) Land; siblings: Kathryn (Phillip) Voights, Betty (Al) Myer, Darrel (Adeline) Land, Donna (Joe) Clifford, Duane (Jo) Land and daughter Jessica (LaRue) Mayefski.
The service for Geno will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Fox Valley Christian Fellowship, located at 1200 W. Kimberly Avenue in Kimberly, with Pastor John Sitcler officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Spencer Lake Cemetery, near Waupaca. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in his name.