Gene T. Gulrud, 81, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at his home with family by his side. A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids. Burial is at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories two hours prior to the service.
Gene Thomas Gulrud was born Nov. 27, 1932, son of Reuben and Doris (Barth) Gulrud in Waukon. He attended school in Allamakee County. Gene married Irene Berge March 3, 1954. They later divorced. Gene was drafted into the Army in 1953. He was stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. and also was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged Nov. 21, 1955. Gene worked for Winneshiek County road crew, Holland Brothers Construction, Blattner Construction and Gee Construction until his retirement. Gene married Cecilia Kennedy Jan. 1, 1998 in Anamosa. To his friends and co-workers he was known as “Juicy.” Gene loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors, stock car racing, playing cards, his birds Joey and Petey, an occasional trip to the casino and a good joke.
Gene is survived by his wife Cecilia; his eight children: Karen (Phil) Kennedy of Burlington, Ill., Debbie (Jon) Aske of Decorah, Michel Gulrud of Dyersville, Garry (LeAnn) Gulrud, LeAnn (Richard) Geiselhart, David (Heather) Gulrud, Doreen (Kevin) Bidne, Denise (Jim) Bruening all of Decorah; step-daughters Liane (Randy) Kennedy and Gloria Kennedy, both of Cedar Rapids; step-son Everett (Rhonda) Kennedy of Manchester; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents Reuben Gulrud and Doris Buege; grandparents Clara and Michael Barth; and John and Anna Gulrud.
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