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Eugene Francis Gene Soens
1927 - 2013
Eugene F. Soens, 86, formerly of Kenosha, late of The Villages, Fla., passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, at The Villages Regional Hospital.
Born in Kenosha on March 14, 1927, he was the son of the late William and Mary (Gratz) Soens. Gene attended St. James Catholic School in Kenosha and later graduated from St. Francis Minor Seminary High School. He volunteered for service with the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. After graduating from Marquette University, he was again recalled to active duty and enlisted as an officer in the U.S. Navy. After completing more than 22 years of military service spanning World War II and the Korean War, where he was awarded a Commendation with the Combat V on the Admirals staff, he retired as a Lieutenant Commander from the U.S. Naval Reserves.
On Feb. 3, 1951, he married Joan Elaine Fay at St. Marks Catholic Church. Gene and Joan celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary shortly before she preceded him in death on July 22, 2001. On Dec. 23, 2001, Gene married Inez Danuser and they later moved to Florida.
Genes career as a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual Life and NMIS Investments spanned over 50 years of serving both personal and business clients. His numerous achievements include Charter Life Underwriter, consistent qualifying member of Million Dollar Round Table, and named Agent of the Year for the Racine/Kenosha Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors.
His community service included membership on the founding board of St. Joseph High School, board member of the Kenosha Hospital Deferred Gifts Committee, member of the Planned Giving Committee for the Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County, and past instructor at Gateway Technical College. He was very active with the Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association, the Greater Area Kenosha Foundation and the Kenosha Serra Club.
In honor of Genes life time service and achievements, Mayor John Antaramian named June 23, 2000, Gene F. Soens Day
Survivors include his wife, Inez of The Villages, Fla.; his children, Carol (Jim) Fietz and Patty Soens, both of Kenosha, and Bill and Mike Soens, both of Bristol; a sister, Sister Ruth Marie Soens of St. Francis, Wis.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a fourth due in February.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Jerry; and two sisters, Celia Herrmann and Ruth Soens.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Proko Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Family and friends are asked to meet on Thursday, Jan. 16, for a funeral Mass at St. James Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the Mass at St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association, St. Joseph Catholic Academy or the Kenosha Serra Club.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Jan. 12, 2014