GENE LUCIEN VANNESTEGene Lucien Vanneste, 79, of Cloquet, formerly of Esko, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Oshkosh, Wis.
Gene Lucien Vanneste, 79, of Cloquet, formerly of Esko, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Oshkosh, Wis.
He was born Dec. 6, 1933 in Duluth to Ferdinand and Hilda Vanneste.
Gene graduated in 1951 from the Proctor High School. He joined the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, serving in Germany. After serving his country, Gene returned to Duluth where he married Nancy Erickson in Oct. 1955. He attended the University of Minnestoa-Duluth receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Gene worked for a short time for Iron Ore Research in Duluth until going to work for Potlatch in Cloquet. There he worked as an Environmental Engineer for over 30 years, retiring in 1998. After his retirement he and his wife built a home on Maple Lake and in 2001 Gene and Nancy moved to Esko.
Gene was a member of the Potlatch Quarter Century Club and Toastmasters.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; and great grandson, Jackson Kloss.
He is survived by two daughters, Kim (George) Miller of Carlton and Pam (Joe) Kloss of Oshkosh, Wis.; two sons, Douglas Vanneste of St. Louis Park and Stephen Vanneste of Grand Forks, N.D.; six grandchildren, Christopher, Jody and Matthew Miller, Aaron and Tracy Kloss, and Raven Vanneste; three great grandchildren, Anastasia, Liam, and Alexa; one brother, Tom (Karen) Vanneste of Proctor; and one sister, Marion Kotlarek of Duluth.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Burial will be at Oneota Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Animals Humane Society. To sign the guest book and to offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com