Eugene (Geno) Frank Mancel, age 92, of Rosholt, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. He was born on August 3, 1928 in a small, three room house in Horicon, Wisconsin to the late Henry and Mabel (Doughty) Mancl.
Geno lived a long, full life, with plenty of stories to share. One of his favorites took place when he was an adventurous young boy. He and a friend liked to climb up to the top of a train trestle to sit and enjoy the view. One time, when they were halfway across the trestle, the train came. There was no time to get off; they had to cling to the side of the bridge until the train passed. Geno said they were lucky that day; they only had to wait five minutes. Sometimes the trains would take 20 minutes to cross that bridge.
After moving to Milwaukee, Geno grew from an adventurous young boy into a talented athlete. He excelled in basketball and football. On April 26, 1946, Geno enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
On September 17, 1949, Geno married the love of his life, Rose Suehring. While they were expecting their second child, he was offered the opportunity to try out for the Green Bay Packers. He turned them down, as there was more money in his wholesale meat business than there was to be made as a professional athlete. Geno and Rose went on to have a total of seven children, each with a lifetime of memories of the legend that was their father.
After 35 years of owning his business, he retired to Rosholt. There, Geno took up many hobbies. He enjoyed fishing on Penny Lake and woodworking, making countless clocks for his many friends and relatives. He even published two books, Cry Not For Spring and Operation H.E.R.M.E.S. and wrote many others.
Geno is survived by his Wife: Rose, his Cat, Spooky Also, Children: Glenn (Linda) Mancel of Rosholt, Gregg (Susie Barnhouse) Mancel of Wausau, Jeff Mancel, of Rosholt, Marla (Shaffer) Wimbish, of Rosholt, Scott (Sarah) Mancel of Green Bay, Lisa Kielblock of Rosholt, and Gina (Timothy) Ready of Savannah, GA.
Grandchildren: Rene' Mancel of Green Bay, Daniel (Jessica) Mancel of Stevens Point, David (Kimberly) Mancel of White House, TN, Wendy (Cary) Anagnostopoulas of Bartlett, IL, Jill Bombacino of West Bend, Michael Paton of Worcester, MA, Maggie Wimbish (Dustin Habermann) of Grafton, Elisabeth Wimbish USAF of Grafton, Anna Hoeppner of Ellijay, GA, Rebekah (Don) Sawyer of Augusta, GA, Abigail Mancel of Statesboro, GA, Francesca (Chris) Martin of Rosholt, Maxwell (Megan) Skyles of Stevens Point, Keary (Kayla Lindner) Kielblock of Polonia, James Oberle of Statesboro, GA, and Alicia Oberle of Atlanta, GA.
Great Grandchildren: Jasmine Van Sluys of Stevens Point, Emilie Van Sluys of Stevens Point, Josh Van Sluys of Green Bay, Maddie Mancel of Stevens Point, Mitchell Mancel of Stevens Point, Reilly Mancel of White House, TN, Jacob Mancel of White House, TN, Hailey Mancel of White House, TN, Olivia Anagnostopoulas of Bartlett, IL, Ava Anagnostopoulas of Bartlett, IL, Samantha Paton of Worcester, MA, Mason Wimbish of Grafton, Conner Hoeppner of Ellijay, GA, Geno Skyles of Rosholt, Joey Skyles of Rosholt, and Bentley Kielblock of Polonia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons in law; Larry Kielblock and James Paton III, a grandson; William Paton, Spooky, Spooky Too, and other friends and relatives.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 31st 2021 at the Rosholt Fair Park. The time will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Geno's name be made to the Humane Society of Portage County.
Interment of cremains will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Rosholt.
Online condolences can be given at www.voiefuneralhome.com