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Eugene "Gene" Anton Schwengler, 84, of Park Rapids, died peacefully Monday, May 20, 2013 at his residence in Park Rapids.

Eugene was born Jan. 10, 1929 in Solen, N.D. the son of Adam, Sr. and Elizabeth (Messer) Schwengler. He grew up in a blended family of 13, and attended the local county school near Solen.

He worked in the area until listing into the U.S. Army in 1951, and he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He served in Germany for 1.5 years and was honorably discharged in 1953.

He followed his brother to the Park Rapids area, where he met and was united in marriage to Joyce J. Schroeder Jan. 23, 1955 in Park Rapids. He and Joyce resided in Park Rapids where they raised their four children.

He was employed in many different jobs, including delivering milk, driving a Culligan Truck, working at Skelly Gas Station and Geiser Plumbing and Heating. His last 13 years of work he traveled as a union pipe fitter.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horse, snowmobiling, target shooting and operating his HAM Radio.

He was a member of the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 of Park Rapids and the Pipe Fitters Union.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Schwengler of Park Rapids; children, Linda (Rick) Crist of Las Vegas, Nev., Ray (Ruth) Schwengler of St. Anne, Ill., Judy Schwengler of Park Rapids, Rick (Jean) Schwengler of Duluth; one brother; three sisters; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and six half-brothers and sisters.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Rev. Fr. Thomas Friedl will officiate.

Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment: Akeley City Cemetery in Akeley.

Military honors will be provided by Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 Honors Team of Park Rapids.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids. Friends may leave on line condolences at