Published: Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Eugene Charlie Stainbrook was born March 23, 1928, at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, S.D., to George and Mary Stainbrook of Alexandria, S.D. He attended a rural grade school near Alexandria for one year and through the eighth grade at a Milltown school. He left high school after one and a half years to work on the farm.
On June 19, 1948, he married Gertrude Muller of Roswell, S.D., at St. Agatha rectory at Howard, S.D. They spent the first 10 years of their life together farming near Milltown. They sold the farm and lived in Minnesota for a short time where Eugene worked in a beef slaughter plant. He moved his family back to South Dakota and worked for Puetz Construction in Mitchell for 20 years.
In March, 1984 Eugene, Gertrude and their youngest son, David, moved to Custer, S.D., where he worked at building construction for two years in Custer and another two years in Custer State Park. He took a job with the state corrections department, working with male youth. He continued in that position until he retired in 1993.
In August 2003 Eugene and Gertrude returned to eastern South Dakota, making their home in Bridgewater. He enjoyed working on his yard and raising a vegetable garden, visiting and playing with his grandchildren.
Eugene died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, after an extended battle with emphysema. He was 85.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Stainbrook; and his brother, Jimmie.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Gertrude “Gen”; three sons, Larry of Carson City, Nev., George of Alexandria and David of Fernley, Nev.; four daughters, Mary Lou Stainbrook of Sioux Falls, S.D., Loretta Sorensen of Yankton, S.D., Bonita Carlson of Custer, and Theresa Laufmann of Emery, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at Bittner Funeral Chapel, 805 West Havens St. in Mitchell.
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