Gene â€œBumpaâ€ Delagrave, age 82, of Onalaska, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Gundersen Health System. He was born May 3,1934, in LaCrosse to Louis & Katherine (Tischer) Delagrave. He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1952. He was employed by the family-owned business, Delâ€™s Bar, until they sold it and then by Warner Lambert until his retirement.
He married Jeannette Merfeld on February 27, 1954. Together they raised five children and enjoyed every moment of it.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, son Wayne (Amy) and their children Kate (Michael) Kroes, Betsy (Mike) Binsfeld and Allie (Josh) Scheel; son Todd (Deb) and their children Mollie Delagrave, Kayla (Rob) Volk, Dylan (Sarah) Delagrave and Olivia Delagrave; daughter Terrie (Ron) Rothering and their children Ashley (Ian) Thurston, Ryan (Cassie) Rothering and Alex Rothering; daughter Nancy (Jon) Ebner and their children Sam (Jackie) Ebner and Joseph Ebner; grandson Justin (Tara) Wagner; seven great grandchildren, two sisters, Toni Tanke, and Pat (Ron) Fortney, brother James Delagrave and one sister-in-law Loretta Delagrave.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Kim Birdsong, two grandchildren, his parents, brother Warren, and sister Marie Reihl.
Visitation and service will be held at Blaschke-Schneider Funeral Home, 1501 West Avenue South, LaCrosse, WI, as follows: visitation Wednesday, July 27, from 4:00-7:00pm and Thursday, July 28, from 9:00-11:00am. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00am with lunch followed immediately after at Brothers Bar, 306 Pearl Street, LaCrosse, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.