Gene Alstead, 71Gene LaVern Alstead, 71, Evansville, died Thursday, August 20, 2009 at his home.
Gene LaVern Alstead, 71, Evansville, died Thursday, August 20, 2009 at his home.
Gene was born August 14, 1938 in Evansville to Vern and Thelma (Homme) Alstead. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evansville and graduated from Evansville High School in 1956.
On August 6, 1960, he married Diane Dahlen at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evansville. They lived in Evansville where he worked for Midland in Evansville, Alexandria and Brandon and later for Cenex in Alexandria, Ashby and Brandon.
He was a member of the National Guard, a Boy Scout leader, served on the church council and sang in the church choir. He played bass in several bands including Tootin’ Gramps, Jolly Dutchmen and Evansville Community Band. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, fishing trips to Canada, horseback riding and going on trail rides. His favorite places with family were Lake Ina and Horseshoe.
He is survived by his wife, Diane, of Evansville; two sons, Dale (Kathleen) Alstead and Greg (Cyndi) Alstead, both of Evansville; daughters, Dawn (Terry) Gillespie and Debra (Jay) Stich, both of Brandon, and Danette Webb of Evansville; 14 grandchildren, Jason Michael, Christopher, Taylor, Daniel, Denise, Kirsten, Jason Vincent, Amanda, Austin, Ashley, Amber, Alea, BritAwn and Logan; six great-grandchildren, Aaron, Dustin, Lily, Madeline, Landon and Kayden; and a sister, Wanda (Steve) Walwick of Underwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Thelma; brothers, Donald and Roger Alstead; brother-in-law, Dennis Dahlen; cousins, Gerald Anderson and Richard Alstead; aunts and uncles.
Services were held August 24 at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville with the Rev. Irving J. Arnquist officiating. Burial was at Erdahl Cemetery.
Condolences to the family may be sent at www.glendenilson.com.
Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville is in charge of arrangements.
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