Gene Falling, age 73, of Glencoe, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at his home in Glencoe, Minnesota.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016, 11:00 A.M. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota, with interment at Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, Minnesota, and will continue one hour prior the service at the church on Thursday.
Eugene “Gene” Sidney Falling was born on October 11, 1942, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was the son of Clarence and Vera (Rannow) Falling. Gene was baptized as an infant on October 23, 1942, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and later was confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 20, 1956, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He received his education in Hutchinson, graduating with the Hutchinson High School Class of 1960.
On June 23, 1961, Gene was united in marriage to Kay Cassens by Pastor Julius Buelow at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Gene and Kay made their home first in Hutchinson, later moved to Mound and in 1973 settled in Glencoe, Minnesota. They shared over 55 years of marriage.
After high school, Gene worked at Hildebrandt Electric in Glencoe, and decided to obtain his electrical license by attending Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, taking night classes. After receiving his electrician degree, he worked at Honeywell in the Cities and also Drew’s Electric in Mound, Minnesota. On May 1, 1977, Gene started Falling Electric in Glencoe, which he owned and operated for 37 years. He was an active member at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, where he served twice as president and vice president on the Board of Trustees and also was an usher. Gene was also a member of the IBEW Local Union #292 and President of the Little Crow Riders Saddle Club.
Gene was devoted and took pride in his electric business. He enjoyed the outdoors, his dogs, showing horses, watching Western movies, was a Vikings fan, loved traveling and spent the last five winters in Arizona. Gene treasured family above all and loving spending time with them and his friends.
Gene passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at his home in Glencoe, Minnesota, at the age of 73 years, 11 months and 20 days.
Blessed be his memory.
Eugene is survived by his:
Wife, Kay Falling of Glencoe, MN;
Daughter, Jody Wentz and her husband, Larry, of West Fargo, ND;
Brother-In-Law & Sisters-In-Law, Bryce Cassens Jr. and his wife, Jeanne, of Hutchinson, MN,
Sharen Farenbaugh of Hutchinson, MN;
Nieces, Nephews, Other relatives and many friends.
Gene is preceded in death by his Parents, Clarence & Vera Falling; Infant Son, Kevin Falling; Infant Daughter, Robin Falling; Father-In-Law & Mother-In-Law, Bryce & Gertrude Cassens; Brother-In-Law, Donald Farenbaugh; Nephews, Tony Cassens, Derek Farenbaugh.
Mopsy Karg says
Kay and family, you have my sympathy, I won’t make it for visitation or funeral. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Gene will be missed by many.
Jody Wentz says
We love you so much, Dad! More than words can say. You were a great husband, father, friend…a great man! You lived your life with passion, purpose and love. You always had a kind word to say, a hand to help, a joke to tell. You lived every day to the fullest, achieving any goal you set for yourself. Yours, Dad, is a life that was well lived. I admire you, I love you, and you will always be my guide. Your loving daughter, Jody
Julie & Jeff Kipp says
Our hearts are heavy with the news of Gene’s passing. Kaye and Jodie we are sending our love and condolences’ on your loss.
We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to spend time with Gene and experience his kindness and friendship.
Jeff will miss his many chats with you Gene in our carport in Arizona. We both will miss you our friend. Love Julie & Jeff Kipp Ontario Canada
Christopher Gaffer says
I am saddened to learn of Gene’ s passing. Kay and Jody you have my deepest sympathies. Gene was very good and honorable man. I am glad to have known him and his family when I was younger.