Eugene A. Karenke 1935-2019

CORTLAND — Eugene Arnold “Gene” Karenke, 84, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Ohio Living Lake Vista.

He was born April 14, 1935, in Rhinelander, Wis., a son of the late Roy and Della Fiebig Karenke.

He was a 1953 graduate of Bazetta High School. Gene retired from General Motors Corp. in 1990 as a quality control manager.

Eugene was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church in Champion. He enjoyed sailing, golfing and sports.

He is survived by the mother of his children and caregiver, Marilyn Karenke Burns; his four children, Lynne (Westley) Reinhardt of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Julie (Mike) Ruddy of Katy, Texas, David (Jackie) Karenke of Champion and Michael (Lisa) Karenke of Champion; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and sister, Alice Faye (Gary) Patterson of Dunnellon, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Betty Rupp and Shirley Moyer.

Services will be held noon Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where Chaplain Mary Ann Bromley will officiate. Family and friends may pay their respects 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Champion Township Cemetery.

The family requests that material gifts may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 5734 Mahoning Ave., Warren, OH 44483 in his memory.

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