Posted: Tue 2:42 PM, May 21, 2013
Funeral Home: Schmidt & Schulta
Gene E. Beilke Sr., 78, Phlox, died on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at his home. He was born on September 16, 1934 in Bowler, the son of the late Eddie and Agnes (Klitz) Beilke. On August 2, 1958, Gene was united in marriage to Geraldine Caflisch in Milwaukee. She survives.
Gene was a United States Army Veteran. He attained the rank of Sergeant and served as a maintenance mechanic during the Korean War. The couple lived in Milwaukee until moving to the town of Hutchins where they farmed for over 25 years. During that time he also worked for Wick Pole Buildings and Aniwa Feed. In 1988 the couple moved to Phlox and Gene was a self-employed logger and owned and operated Phlox Saw Service. Gene was a "tinkerer" and could fix just about anything.
In addition to his wife, Geraldine Beilke, survivors include five children, Gene (Darlene) Beilke Jr., Mattoon, Brett (Sharon) Beilke, Antigo, Candace (Tim) Pankratz, Polar, Cynthia (Jeffrey) Hyde, Colorado Springs, CO and Eddie (Carolann) Beilke, Birnamwood; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; fourteen brothers and sisters and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
The Funeral service will be held at 1:30PM on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood. The Rev. Dean Bertsch will officiate. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Darling-Gunderson American Legion Post #341, Birnamwood. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4PM to 8PM and again on Thursday from 12:30 until the time of service all at the funeral home.
The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com