Gene Wenzel, 73, passed peacefully on August 12, 2022 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by love and with his devoted wife, Alice, at his side. Gene’s life was a journey of faith, and he is home with his heavenly Father.
Gene was born to parents Arden Wenzel and Florence Baumann. He attended St. John Lutheran School, Wausau High School, and NorthCentral Technical Institute. He worked at J.I. Case and the Mosinee Paper Mill, always being active. He didn't mind getting his hands dirty.
Gene loved the freedom and joy of cruising on his motorcycle, and he rode it to heaven. Coffee cup in hand, he was always glad to “shoot the breeze” with friends and neighbors, ever positive and uplifting. Gene was happiest outdoors appreciating nature’s beauty. He admired countless sunrises and evening skies thanks to the lovely views in his expansive backyard. On the edge of that yard stands Gene’s row of woodpiles, each piece of wood split and carefully stacked by his hardworking hands. The word “meticulous” best describes Gene’s attention to his home and property, from a single dish in the sink to each stick and blade of grass. Gene’s earthly time is over, but his zest for life will continue as his loved ones honor him by living life to the fullest.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Alice; children, Jeri (Paul) Waisbrot, Bryan Wenzel, and Jessa (Klint) Smith; granddaughter, Adria Smith; brother, Warren (Mary) Wenzel; aunt, Adeline; brother-in-law, Paul (Jeannette) Kuklenski and sister-in-law, Cindy Wenzel; nieces, nephews, and other relatives; as well as extended family, which includes his neighbors, friends, and church family.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Arden and Florence (Baumann) Wenzel, brother Gary Wenzel, and other relatives.
A visitation will be held at 10:00am prior to a celebration service at 11:00am on Friday, August 26 at Thrive Church, 400 Grand Avenue, Wausau. Honor “Mr. Green Genes” by wearing your jeans. A luncheon will follow as we "shoot the breeze" and remember Gene. A private burial service will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Thrive Church.
Gene’s family would like to sincerely thank Pastor Sheldon and wife Michelle Miles and the nurses and doctors at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the comfort and care they so kindly provided him. His family is exceptionally grateful for the prayers, visits, and words of encouragement they received from so many in the past weeks.
Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family.