Eugene ‘Gene’ Orth, 75

Published 9:58 am Thursday, March 26, 2015

Eugene “Gene” Orth, 75, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.



Gene was born Aug. 17, 1939, in Mower County, Minnesota, the son of Roy and Erma (May) Orth. He was a graduate of Austin High School. On Aug. 24, 1957, he was united in marriage to Joyce Hardy in Austin, Minnesota.

Gene had been engaged in farming in his younger years and then spent many years with the Wilson Company in Albert Lea. He was a member of the Church of Christ (New Life Christian Church), the Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and the Elks.

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Gene loved hunting, fishing, gardening, travel, bird watching, music, motorcycling and stock car racing. Special times in his life were enjoyed with family and the grandchildren.

Gene is survived by his wife Joyce; children: Ken Orth of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Christine Orth (Daniel Colstrup) of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Curtis (Lori) Orth of Falcon, Colorado, and Sheila Orth of Albert Lea, Minnesota; grandchildren; Daniel Orth, Sierra (Renaldo) DeMery, Sammuel Orth, Lauren (David) Hoffman, Ethan Orth, Andrea Orth, Garret Orth, Megan Orth, and Jennifer (Lewis) Baumann; four great-grandchildren: Oliver, Lucy, Cohen and Kellan; brother Robert Orth of Aurora, Colorado; sisters: Mary (Robert) Baker of Austin, Minnesota, Connie (Morris) Gibson of Houston, Texas; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Eugene will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the New Life Christian Church in Albert Lea. Pastor Vern Harris will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lansing Cemetery, Lansing, Minnesota.