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category: Obituary, date: 2011-08-29, by Avon SD
Eugene Kozel
Eugene J. Kozel(October 11, 1921 - August 29, 2011)
Eugene J. Kozel, 89 of Avon

His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Avon, with burial in the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., with the family present. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eugene J. Kozel, son of Joseph F. Mary (Kloucek) Kozel, was born October 11, 1921 on a farm near Scotland, SD. He died Monday, August 29, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wagner. Eugene attained the age of 89 years, 10 months and 19 days.

In 1925, the family moved to a farmstead near Dante, SD. In 1929, Eugene and his parents moved into the town of Dante, where Eugene attended grade school. In 1936, he and his parents moved back to the farmstead. Eugene graduated from Avon High School in 1940 and he began his life-long career in farming.

Eugene married Genevieve F. Wittmeier on September 6, 1942 at Dante and together they lived on the family farm for 56 years. They would have celebrated 69 years together this September. Their union was blessed with three sons. In 1998, they moved to a home in Avon. Eugene continued to farm his entire life, working with his son Larry, until health issues kept him from getting on the tractor.

Eugene served on the Lone Tree 54 School Board for many years and on the Lone Tree Township Board. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially catching bluegills on area lakes or ice fishing on a warm winter's day. Eugene shot many a pheasant with the ole' Browning.

Eugene will be remembered for his love for his family, his love for farming and his kindness and generosity. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Genevieve of Avon; sons: Larry and wife Sharon of Wagner and Douglas and wife Colleen of Pierre; four grandchildren: Steve and wife Beth Kozel of Spearfish, Julie Freier and husband Mark of Pickstown, Lane Kozel of Bismark, ND and Lindsey Kozel of Pierre; four great grandchildren: Zachary and Megan Kozel and Abigail and Simon Freier; seven sisters-in-law: Eileen Skelton of Avon, Lorine Gandolfi of Burlingame, CA, Kalma Koening of San Mateo, CA, Gudrun Schoenrogge of St. Francis, KS, Sheila Idlewine and husband Norman of Newport, IN, Verletta Wittmeier of Tripp, and Marlene Wittmeier of Avon; brother-in-law Clayton Wittmeier and wife Minnie of Avon; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Eugene was preceded in death by his son Robert on April 30, 2005; parents; sister Hedvicka "Hattie" Kozel; his parents-in-law Chris and Rosella Wittmeier; eight brothers-in-law; and numerous cousins and friends.

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