Obituary: Eugene “Gene” Bellin

Eugene “Gene” Bellin, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died August 13, 2016.  He was born Nov. 5, 1927 in Appleton to Raymond and Edna (Knaack) Bellin.  Gene graduated from Kaukauna High School and settled in Appleton to start his career with AAL which is now Thrivent.  On Nov. 23, 1950, he married Beatrice Anton at St. Martins Church in Clintonville.  They shared over 65 years of marriage.

Gene worked at AAL for almost 42 years, retiring in 1987.  He loved his retirement home on Clark’s Lake and enjoyed fishing, golf and cross-country skiing.  He also enjoyed playing bridge with friends.

He is survived by his wife, four daughters:  Debra Bellin, Appleton; Kathy (Mark) Rankin, Sturgeon Bay; Diane Bellin (Friend, Mark Harter) Pewaukee; and Janet (Jeff) Fischer, Suamico; 12 grandchildren:  Jason (Anna) Krueger, Joshua (Shannon) Krueger, Andy Krueger, Jesse (Ann) Rankin, Chelsea (Bob) Bittorf, Keith Peterson, Jackie Jeanquart, Nicole (Casey) Rabach, Ali (Murph) VanDriel, Amber (Josh) Haynes, Chris (Megan) Peters, and Dana Peters; 23 great-grandchildren: Lucas and Isaac Krueger; Courtney, Lexi, and Aaron Krueger; MaKenzi and MaKayla Krueger; Layla and Kane Rankin; Madelyn, Marina, Sydney and Grant Jeanquart; Alana, Porter, and Siena Rabach; Chloe, Solomon and Roman VanDriel; Aubrey and Ethan Hayes; Hailey and Regan Peters; in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert (Rita) Bellin and brother-in-law Carl Anton; 2 great-grandchildren, Emma and Violet Rankin (twin daughters of Jesse and Ann Rankin).

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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