Gene E. Britton
Gene E. Britton, Appleton, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Gene was born in Fond du Lac on July 23, 1931. He was raised in Madison and attended Madison Central High School. He received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and then served in the U.S. Army for two years. While in service, Gene married Mitzi Mary Wulk at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, on August 18, 1954. After his service in the Army, Gene returned to UW-Madison where he earned a Masters Degree in Education. Gene and Mitzi then moved to Appleton in 1957.

In Appleton Gene was both a teacher and guidance counselor at Wilson Junior High School. When Einstein Junior High was built in 1966, Gene became the Assistant Principal, and then one year later, became the Principal, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. After retirement Gene continued his service as an educator by supervising student teachers for the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and continued in that role through fall 2010.

Gene cherished time spent with family, especially with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching sports, and especially loved attending Badgers and Packers games through the years, including the Ice Bowl. He was often seen at area high school basketball games, and he loved to play golf. After 25 years as a jogger, Gene transitioned to daily walking 10 years ago. He also enjoyed bridge, reading, and keeping his yard looking perfect.

Gene was an active member of the Appleton Y's Men's Club for several years. He also served on the Appleton Library Board, the YMCA Board, and the WIAA Junior High Board of Control. He was a field representative for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) and received the AWSA Service Award for Demonstrated Leadership in 2009. Most recently, Gene served as a volunteer at Leaven.

Gene is survived by Mitzi, his wife of 57 years; two sons, Jeffrey (Cathy) Britton and Andrew (Lisa) Britton; and three grandchildren, Erin Britton, David Britton, and Marina Britton. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother.

A celebration of Gene's life will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at 11:00 AM at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 209 S. Allen Street in Appleton, with Pastors Kurt and Mary Beth Kovanen officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 am until the time of the service. A memorial will be established in his name.


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Today, Veterans Day, 2016, I learned of the death of Gene BRITTON. I knew Gene BRITTON when I was a faculty member of the Department of SOCIAL STUDIES at ALBERT EINSTEIN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, on East Florida Avenue, in Appleton, WISCONSIN. Gene BRITTON was a fair and honest school administrator, who exercised great care of the clients | students, under his care. Gene BRITTON will be missed.
Dennis David JOHNSON, M.D., Ph.D.
November 11, 2016
Best principal i had he treated everyone fairly students and staff he will be missed greatly Adam Palmer Class of 1990
Adam Palmer
November 15, 2011
Mr. Britton was simply the best principal imaginable. He was kind, approachable, dignified and always there for his students. I was amazed with how he stood outside the office every day in the morning to welcome us all to school, and in the afternoon, to see us safely on our way. He somehow knew every student's name, and he treated each of us with respect and kindness. I felt like I really mattered to him, and that made him matter to me.

Sending my sympathy to Mr. Britton's family. He was a great man, and he will be missed greatly.
Leslie Balkansky Bauman
November 15, 2011
Gene provided tremendous support and was a wonderful mentor to those in the education field. I always looked forward to talking with Gene during his field rep. visits and/or at AWSA conventions. He was always full of smiles, encouraging words, and a positive spirit. I can only imagine all of the people he has impacted in a positive manner throughout his career. He will be missed dearly within the educational community. My deepest sympathy to his family during this tremendous time of loss.
Kim Griesbach
November 15, 2011
Andy and family I share in your sadness. Your father was a valued mentor to many of us who serve as principals. We are indepted to him for sharing his wisdom. As a principal at Oshkosh West High School I must say we are most sincerely grateful for Gene's greatest gift to education and that is his son Andy. The gifts Gene gave to Andy are passed on daily to the students in Andy's classroom. We are truly thankful for what Gene has left us all. My deepest sympathy and sincere respect to the Britton's for sharing their father with all of us.
Ann Schultz
November 14, 2011
My prayers are with the Britton family. I remember Mr. Britton when I attended Einstein Jr. High, and I hung out with Andy quite a bit. Like my sister Sharon, Mr. Britton was my favorite Principal as well

May the Lord give you peace during this time
Paul Loughrin
November 14, 2011
Gene Britton was a well respected and hard working field representative for AWSA. He was dedicated to the cause of making schools a better place for children. He will be missed.
Patricia Popple
November 14, 2011
My condolences to the Britton family. I only met Gene a few times in his role as AWSA field representative, but I remember him as a kind, friendly, knowledgeable man and as someone who had the gift of making others feel valued.
Eric Brinkmann
November 14, 2011
Mr. Britton, my Principal at Einstein Junior High, who smiled and welcomed us all, will always be my favorite Principal. Prayers are with you and God Bless you all.
Sharon (Loughrin) Haak
November 14, 2011
Gene and Mitzi were a wonderful asset to the Appleton community...he will be missed. He served the education field with tremendous caring and respect. Our thoughts and prayers go to the entire Britton family.
Jack and Kay Falcus
November 14, 2011
Thoughts and prayers to the Britton family....Mr. Britton was a good man, and a great Principal. God's Blessings.
Pam Brouillard Wilda
November 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mitzi and their family. What a loss to your family and to the whole community.
Jan Moore
November 13, 2011
We have known Mr. Britton since Junior High and always held a special place in our hearts. My sympathy and prayers to his family He will be surely missed by many . Mr. and Mrs. John Walter-Appleton, Wi.
John and Chris Walter
November 12, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Britton family during this sad time.
Trish Gorsky Trinrud
November 12, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Britton Family, especially our sweetie, Erin. Much love, the Biemann Family
Lisa O'Hearn Biemann
November 12, 2011
Mr Britton was a dignified, kind man when I encountered him at Einstein in 1968-1969. I am grateful for his career in education. God be good to him forever! And God bless you who love him most!
Fr Tim Shillcox
Tim Shillcox
November 12, 2011
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