Gene E. Wilfer, 81
June 18, 1936 — Sept. 1, 2017

Gene E. Wilfer, 81 Gene E. Wilfer, of Port Washington, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at the age of 81. He was born to Edward and Minerva (nee Bates) Wilfer on June 18, 1936, in Milwaukee. Gene grew up in the town of Trenton and attended West Bend schools. On July 20, 1957, he was united in marriage with Jacqueline R. DaRonco at Holy Angels Church in West Bend, and they have been married for 60 years. Together they had three children.

Gene proudly served as a U.S. Marine. He enlisted Aug. 23, 1953, and served in the Korean War until his honorable discharge Aug. 23, 1956. Gene worked for ER Godfrey and retired from Russell T. Gilman in 1997 after 30 years. After retirement, he worked for Custom Wire Technology.

Gene was a member of St. Peter Alcantra Church and sang in the choir for 48 years. Gene was a member of Jaycees, American Legion Post 82, Boy Scout leader, and was the neighborhood handy man. He went fishing on the Chippewa Flowage, hunting at Main Artery, took trips to the casino, traveled to see waterfalls, and enjoyed playing sheepshead. Most importantly, he treasured his time spent with family and friends.

Gene is survived by his wife, Jackie Wilfer; son, James (Kelly) Wilfer of Plymouth; and daughters, Sandra (John) Schultz of Hartford and Wendy Behling of Hartford. Gene is further survived by his grandchildren, Amanda, A.J., Jasmine, Harley and Joshua; great-grandchildren, Sean, his buddy Devon, Skylar, Remington, a baby on the way; brother, Charles (Darlis) Wilfer; sister, Karen Larson; brothers-in-law, Eugene (Shirley) DaRonco and Russell (Nancy) Hewitt; sisters- in-law, Laura DaRonco and Claire Hewitt; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Minerva; sister, Joann (Irv) Yaggie; brothers-in-law, John Larson, John DaRonco and Art Hewitt; and niece, Sarah Pietrantonio.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Sept. 9, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington with the Rev. Pat Wendt presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment and Military Honors will take place at St Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.

The family would like to make a special thank you to Dr. Robert Gibson, Season’s Hospice, Heritage Nursing Home, and especially to Jim Erlicher.

The Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is honored to assist the family. Online condolences may be left at