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Eugene Steinke

Eugene Steinke, 82, of Wales, ND, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND.

Eugene Charles Steinke was born November 20, 1937, on a small farm near Rush Lake 2 miles west of Wales, ND, to Gustav and Anna (Greening) Steinke. He grew up in Minto Township and attended school at Minto Twp. School and Wales High School, graduating in 1955. Gene bought the bar in Wales on July 10, 1964, and then built the new bar building in 1977. He owned and operated the bar until 2015. One of Gene’s favorite things to do was to invite friends from all over, including many from Canada, to his bar. He was a gracious host. He loved having a good time and made sure everyone had a good time and no one ever went away hungry. There was always someone there who sat down at the piano and/or picked up a guitar and the sing-a-long would begin. Canadians waited until the last minute to head back to the boarder. He loved singing and listening to country music, playing pool, curling, driving around visiting, and raising cattle. He also looked forward to goose hunting and driving combine for family and friends in the fall. He had a big heart and was always there to help anyone who needed it.

In 1965, he met Renae Kern, and they were married November 16, 1968. They had a daughter Monica. His grandchildren, Dawson and Baylee, were very important to him. He loved spending time with them and called them almost every day to check in and see how they were and what they were up to. He was always very supportive of their education and their goals and aspirations in life, helping in whatever way he could.

Surviving Gene are his wife, ReNae, of Wales; daughter Monica (Rick) Kram of Dickinson, ND; grandchildren Dawson of Dickinson and Baylee of Grand Forks; siblings: Norma (Dennis) Pengilly, Sharon Krueger, Earleen (Bob) Edkins, and Earl (Cindy) Steinke along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Lorraine Stauber, Berneice, Janet Marie, and Anna Kueneman; and brothers: Melvin, Kenny, Allen, Alfred, Walter, and Jerry.

A memorial service will be held for Gene and his wife, ReNae, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND.


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lana balsdon Sep 10 2021 10:28 AM

So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He was my Friends Earleen and Earl's older brother and they always had good stories to tell about him

Diane Ridley Striegel Nov 17 2020 12:00 AM

Renae and Family
So sorry to hear about Gene. Keep all those memories alive. We remember you in our prayers.

Connie Greening Erickson Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM

Gene was so good to us. We loved him dearly.

Beth Craddock Nov 8 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathy. I had many visits with gene over the years. I was always amazed of his knowledge of family history of everyone in the area. Oh ya another memory I will have forever is I had my first legal drink in his bar!!!

Charlie Klein Nov 8 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and sympathies to you, ReNae, Monica and family and all who are grieving at the loss of Gene. May the love and support of family and friends and your memories carry you during this difficult time.

Deb (Magnusson) and Jeff Roel Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

Renae and family,
So sorry for your loss and remembering many good times at the bar!!
Cheri Henderson Olday

Cheri Henderson Olday Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

We have such fond and numerous memories of Gene. On behalf of the Hamann family, I send our deepest condolences.

Leah Hamann Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Renae and family,
We were very shocked and saddened to hear of Genes passing. Thinking of you and sending our most sincere condolences to you all. Keep the memories close always. Love, Glenn and Tammy

Glenn and Tammy Jordan Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your lose. Garnett & Bev Kaercher

Bev Kaercher Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM