LA CRESCENT -- Eugene "Gene" Herman Dockweiler, 83, of La Crescent, passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome, Friday, July 28, 2017, at La Crescent Health Services.
He was born Sept. 29, 1933, in Rochester, Minn., to Herman and Hedwig (Hoddap) Dockweiler. He graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1950 and from St. Mary’s University in 1954. He married Marilyn Traynor of Easton, Minn., Aug. 11, 1965, in Mankato, Minn. He married Virginia (Gittens) Bell Sept. 23, 1989, at Crucifixion Church in La Crescent. Gene retired from G. Heileman Brewing in La Crosse, in 1993. He and his wife traveled extensively in Germany to see relatives. They also traveled to Ireland, England, Scotland and Italy, with the Winona Diocesan Choir. They went on many cruises to Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands and through the Panama Canal, with friends, Paul and Molly Bueltel (Andy’s wife’s parents). Friday fish fry’s were enjoyed with Bev and Ted Rhode to over 150 different places in the area. For 13 years they wintered in Mesa, Ariz. Gene was a member of Crucifixion Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; son, James (April) Dockweiler of Portland, Ore.; stepsons, Ernest Bell (Heather Christensen) and his daughter, Tia Bell (Ryan) and son Ryan, Andrew (Meg) Bell and their sons, Matthew and Thomas; a twin sister, Mary (Herman) Wittsack; brothers-in-law, Bryan Traynor, Bill (Beth) Traynor and Joe (Donna) Gittens; and a sister-in-law, Pat Gittens.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn (Traynor) Dockweiler Aug. 11, 1988; his parents; and two brothers-in-law, Raymond Traynor and David Gittens.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Church of the Crucifixion in La Crescent. The Rev. Gregory Havel will officiate. Burial will follow in the Crucifixion Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Catholic Charities of Winona, Crucifixion Church, ABLE of La Crescent, or a charity of the donor’s choice. The Schumacher–Kish Funeral & Cremation Services, La Crescent Chapel is assisting the family. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.