Eugene J. “Gene” Arendt, 81, of County Highway LL, Town of Port Washington, WI died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at his home due to health complications.
He was born on September 26, 1934 in Port Washington, Wisconsin, son of Alex and Alice Kieffer Arendt and stepson of Andrew Arendt. He married Ruby Lee Bledsoe from the Town of Adell, WI in Paducah, Texas on April 9, 1955. Together they made their home in the Town of Port Washington and raised their family.
Gene formerly worked at Bolens Mfg. Company in Port Washington. For over 30 years, he was a journeyman electrician with Miller Electric of Port Washington, retiring in 1992. He graduated from the Coyle College Electrical School in Chicago. During that time, Gene was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (EBEW) Union Local 494.
Independent, strong-willed, determined are only a few of the words that might represent Gene. He was a hard worker, formed from when he was a boy on the farm. He carried that through to his final days. He loved to tell stories with a purpose.
Gene will be remembered as a person that made people laugh and his laugh was infectious. He loved his family with all his heart. He had a love of Case tractors, the older the better. Ruby preceded him in death on September 12, 2012.
He is survived by his children Ron (Cindy) Arendt of Elkhart Lake, Anna Marie Pride of Port Washington, Paul Arendt of Wausaukee, John (Michele) Arendt of the Town of Grafton and Donald Arendt of Stanley, WI. He is further survived by 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, sisters Agnes (Allan) Arendt of Port Washington and Margaret (Steve) Matenaer of West Bend, sister in-laws Linda (Orland) Miller of Henderson, CO and Brenda (Dave) Barnekow of Frostproof, FL; brothers in-law Wylie (Jean) Bledsoe of Dubuque, IA and Chuck (Linda) Bledsoe of West Bend, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by her sister-in-law Jewel Flores, brother’s-in-law James and Willie Bledsoe, niece Mary Sorce, nephew Bobby Bledsoe and grandchildren Kristy Karen Arendt, Alexander Andrew Arendt and Lee-Ann Rose Arendt.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6PM Thursday, October 22, 2015 at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1802 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington. Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. Visitation will take place from 3:30-6PM Thursday AT CHURCH with a 3:30PM Rosary. Interment will take place in Union Cemetery in Port Washington. Memorials to the charity of donor’s choice are appreciated.
POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, Port Washington assisting the family. Information and condolences at www.poolefh.com or 262/284-4431.
My thoughts and prayers to you all. Your dad was a special man and I admired him greatly. Eugene was a gruff voice with a heat of a teddy bear. So sorry for you loss.
Bless all of your family. Eugene you will be missed and loved always.
To Ron, Anna Marie, Paul, John & Don, & your families,
I am so sorry for your loss. My brother, your Dad, was a character, with a heart of gold. Ruby & I would get so mad at him when it came time to take his picture for he hated it, but at the end we would win & he would pose for that dreaded shot.
He was a good Electrician with a “one of a kind” laugh. He is now together with the love of his life, Ruby. I will miss him.
God Bless you all,
Aunt Agnes & of course your Uncle Al
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