Obituary for Eugene L. Retzlaff

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Eugene L. Retzlaff, 95, of La Crosse passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Springbrook Assisted Living in Onalaska. He was born in La Crosse on May 13, 1921 to Ernest and Elvira (Verse) Retzlaff. On September 14, 1946 Eugene married Marjorie Barrett and she preceded him in death on July 16, 2016. They celebrated almost 70 years of matrimony. Eugene enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Eugene is survived by two daughters, Diane Retzlaff Wilson of Topeka, KS. and Patricia Retzlaff of La Crosse; a son, Steven (Mary) Retzlaff of Eagan, MN.; four grandchildren, Nikki (John) Hutton, Heather (Brian) Sloop, Michael (Emily) Retzlaff, and Matthew Retzlaff; five great grandchildren, Haley and Wilson Hutton, Emerson and Barrett Sloop, and Deegan Racette-Goedert; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Edgar and Ernest.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at English Lutheran Church, 1509 King Street, La Crosse. Pastor Mark Solyst will officiate and burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse and again at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Gundersen Hospice Program, 1836 South Avenue, La Crosse WI. 54601
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Springbrook Assisted Living and Gundersen Hospice for their wonderful and loving care.
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