Eugene "Gene" R. Landrath, 69, of Sayner, died Tuesday Feb. 28, 2012 at home.
He was born June 21, 1942 in Wausau to the late Oscar and Florence (Marquardt) Landrath. Gene graduated from Wausau High School and attended Wisconsin State College in Eau Claire. During his younger years, Gene enjoyed playing football. As a high school athlete, Gene made the All-State football team. He also played varsity football as a freshman at Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire.
Gene was employed for many years at Drott Manufacturing (JI Case). He also worked at Fiskars Manufacturing as well as at Auburn Distribution in Sayner. Gene currently owned and managed the Char-Rose Motel in Sayner.
He was a patient, soft-spoken, fun-loving man with an amazing sense of humor. He cared deeply for his children and grandchildren and cherished the times he spent with them. Gene was especially proud of his three grandsons, Hunter, Brandon, and Dylan. "Grandpa Gene" loved them dearly and enjoyed hearing about their latest accomplishments in school, sports and hunting.
Gene was an avid outdoorsman and especially loved fishing, hunting and the special times spent at the family cottage on Bear Skin Lake. He also loved watching the Packers, as well as NASCAR races. Gene was a skilled woodworker and shared many of his creations with his family.
He is survived by one son, Mitch (Tammy) Landrath, Merrill; one daughter, Michelle (David) Keefe, Utah; seven grandchildren, Hunter, Brandon, Dylan, Tara, Melanie, Kelly and Eryn; two Great Grandchildren; mother of his children, Diane Landrath-Schmidt; one brother, Dennis (Carla) Landrath, Wausau. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Jim, Vernon, Darrell and Russell.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St. Wausau. Rev. Daniel Sire from St. John's Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
We love you Dad and Grandpa and will miss you dearly. We find comfort knowing you are now our special angel watching over us from heaven. May you rest in peace.