Gene took to the lakes with the merchant marines as a young man. He loved his time on the Great Lakes, and soon after, he met and fell in love with Annette Marbes. He married Annette on August 25, 1956 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marinette. Gene and Annette moved to Green Bay, but eventually settled on Gene’s family homestead in Menominee, MI. For years, Gene traveled to and from his job at Fort Howard Paper Mill in Green Bay, more than 3 hours a day, but he never minded because he loved driving home to what he called God’s country. Gene loved watching the Chicago Cubbies from the days when he went to Wrigley as child until the days you could find him snoozing during an afternoon game. But more than the Cubs, Gene enjoyed watching his family play sports from his sons, who wrestled to his grandchildren who played many sports. Gene loved his family though he didn’t often say it out loud. In his quiet way, he showed love through telling stories, making maple syrup, hunting, fishing, growing vegetables, cooking blueberry pancakes and establishing an annual family booyah party. He was a proud and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, and friend.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Annette, of 63 years, and seven children: Gina Lipp, Oconto, Jill (Jay) Beyer, Peshtigo, Dotty Francour, Green Bay, Bart (Lisa) Francour, Suamico, Adam (Rocki) Francour, Menominee, Paul Francour, Menominee, Trina (Peter) Baxter, Menominee. 12 grandchildren: Brooke, Chelsea, Angie (Kevin), Andy (Kayla), Beth (Weston), Bree (Ryan), Blair (Michael), Ryne, Meghan, Ashley, Drew, and Kendall ; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy Schwindt and Millie Walters; many sisters and brothers-in-law. Gene was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Beyer, 13 siblings: George, Ella, Jeanette, John “Augie”, Helen “Tootie”, Pat, Lorraine, Virginia “Bubby”, Frances “Bitty”, Florence “Teeny”, Willard “Sonny”, and his parents.
Friends may call at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Birch Creek, MI, on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00am to 11:00 am. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am with Rev. Michael Ocran officiating. Burial to follow in Birch Creek Cemetery. Anderson-Kell Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.andersonkell.com
Gene’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the EMS workers who helped him over the past couple years.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established, any acts of kindness or sympathy may be directed to one of Gene’s family.
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