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Edward Eugene

Breitbach, Edward Eugene “Gene”
Born September 15th, 1925, in South Milwaukee, WI. Born to eternal life January 6, 2011, age 85. Beloved Husband for 61 years to Barbara Breitbach Nee Donalds, loving father to Pat Walslager, Jay Breitbach, Peggy John Krueger, and Gene Breitbach and father in law to Janet Braun. Treasured grandfather to Kathy Walslager, Chrissy Scott, Jr. Koerner, Jessica Breitbach, Michelle Breitbach and Eric Breitbach and great grandfather to Kayla Koerner. Gene is further survived by many caring friends and extended family. Gene proudly served in then Navy during WWII and upon his return spent many years working for the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin in the Fond du Lac office. After retirement, he went back to a long time hobby of wood carving, winning many awards for his wonderful carvings, primarily of various ducks and other wildlife. He further spent many hours dedicated to keeping the gardens of Fond du Lac, Rosendale & Ripon beautiful through the Master Gardeners program, keeping him very busy throughout his retirement. He will be remembered fondly for his wit and wisdom by all who knew him. Visitation Monday, 11 AM 12 Noon at the Funeral Home with Funeral Service at 12 Noon. Burial at Ledgeview Memorial Park, Fond du Lac, WI. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Clare Bridge of Brookfield. Memorials to the Alzheimer s Association appreciated.
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Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin

On behalf of everyone here at the Alzheimer’s Association – thank you so much for thinking of us at this time of loss to your family. Memorial donations made in Edward’s name will be put to immediate use serving families and supporting research. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom Hlavacek, Executive Director


Dearest Aunt Barbara and family,

I can’t begin to tell you how much we’ve missed seeing both you and Uncle Gene when you would get up to Iron Mountain for your annual Wood Carving Show. We looked forward to your Christmas Cards and emails which brought us up to date on family. We had wonderful visits with you both…and I treasure the wood ornament Uncle Gene gave me. I hung it in a prominent place this year. I prayed for both of you and wondered how you were doing. So very sorry to get the sad news about Uncle Gene.

He will truly be missed by many. He was a joy to know, always smiling and positive. Now he’s walking the streets of gold and having a great reunion with your brothers, Keith, Jack, Vernon and all the other dear family that have gone on before.

May God Bless and keep you all in the hollow of His Hand and comfort you. Please be in touch.

With Love from our family to yours.
Your Neice and Cousin, Betty “Donalds” & Greg Evensen

Yvonne Mahoney

Pat, Am sorry to hear the news of your father’s death. Although we all know this will happen eventually, it is always sad when it happens; we never seem to really be ready for it. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

The staff at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Barbara and family – we are so sorry about the passing of Gene. We enjoyed knowing him when he volunteered at the Refuge and will always fondly remember him for his beautiful wood carvings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Dear Pat and Family. I’m sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad.I know he will be deeply missed. I will include him in my prayers. God Bless You

Patti Meyers

I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing Eugene and working with him on displaying and selling his wonderful carvings. The American coot he carved is still displayed to hundreds of visitors at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Kathleen DuPont Donalds

I am one of the nieces who rarely got to see Uncle Gene. But without a doubt I rememeber his smile and laugh. My condolences to the family.

Beverly T. Kindschuh

sending sympathy to all the family of Gene and Barb-I knew them both through wildlife projects through the years always enjoying their bright smiles. Genes talents for wood carving always prayers are with you. bev k FDL

John and Joanne Talaska

Dear Barb and family, We are saddened to learn of Gene’s death. We have fond memories of the many work related gatherings. He always had a joke and that ready smile. We pray that God will bless each of you with comfort and strength for each day and that God will bless Gene’s memory.

Ed & Bev Puzia

Dear Pat
The news of your father’s death is a mixed message of joy and sorrow. Joy because he is now released from the suffering of years but sorrow because it is the end of life for a very fine man. Even though we did not know him, your conversations concerning him caused us to believe we knew a man with a large and generous heart. May you be comforted by the love and prayers of family and many friends and we are among them.

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