Eugene ‘Gene’ Meils, 80

Eugene "Gene" Meils, 80, of West Bend, died July 18, 2010, at home.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1929, in Milwaukee, a son of Anita (nee Strehlow) and Harry Meils. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 1951, he married Francey Johnson in Manitowoc. Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage and raised their four children.

Gene was a firefighter for the Milwaukee Fire Department for 30 years. For the last 18 years he lived in West Bend, where he was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church. He was a member of the Legion of Mary for 25 years. Gene had a beautiful singing voice, a kind manner and a great sense of humor. He enjoyed family, gardening and helping others. His cheerful smile, thoughtful advice, quips and funny stories will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Francey; four children, Tom (Susan) Meils, Jeanne (Gary) Trew, Mary Zareczny and Ted (Kim) Meils; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Meils and Larry (Ronna) Meils; one sister, Judy (Roger) Mann; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N 8th Ave., West Bend from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will follow with the Rev. Gerald Brittain presiding. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Newburg on Friday at 3 p.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at