Gene H. Rusch, age 78, of Appleton, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at his home. He was born on August 5, 1933 in the Town of Center, the son of the late Fred and Esther (Bruce) Rusch. On June 18, 1955 he married Carol Beth Thomas at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour. Gene served his country in the U.S. Army. In his younger years, he was employed as a truck driver for Service Bakery. He spent many years at Western Elevator Feed Mill before joining the workforce at Miller Electric for 27 years. After he retired from Miller Electric, he worked part time at Northside True Value, where he acquired a new family of friends. He enjoyed camping, bowling, the Milwaukee Brewers and especially singing karaoke.
Gene is survived by his sons: Craig (Brenda) Rusch and Keith (Karen) Rusch; grandchildren: Kari, Emilie, Aaron (special friend Kandice) Rusch and Mae (Dan) Lederhaus; great grandchildren: Alaysia and Kaleb Rusch; Savanah, Dylan and Cadence Lederhaus. He is further survived by his brother, Jim (Linda) Rusch, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his two sisters, Carol (Dick) Peters and Eunice (Vern) Schucknecht, and his brother John Rusch.
The love of his life Carol, passed away on August 12, 2011. They are joined together again in heaven.
How Great Thou Art
When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, and take me home, What joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, “My God, How Great Thou art!”
The funeral service for Gene will be held at 4:00 pm on Monday, October 24, 2011 at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME. Rev. Judy Deckert will be officiating. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park. A visitation will be held on Monday from 2:00 pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911