Gene C. Dayton, 77, of La Crosse, died on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Mayo Hospital, La Crosse. He was born on April 2, 1942, in La Crosse, to Gareld and Dorothy (Simon) Dayton. He married Nancy Rose on July 3, 1962 in St. Luke’s Methodist Church in La Crosse.
Gene loved hunting, bowling, playing softball, and always had great luck in the casinos. He was a member of the Eagles Club in La Crosse, and worked for the City Water Department for many years. The most important part of Gene’s life was his family. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and has left a wonderful lasting impression with them.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, two daughters; Joyce Dayton and Pamela (John) Sordahl, two sons; Tom Dayton, and Troy (Tina) Dayton, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren with one more on the way. He is also survived by two sisters; Sharon Pataska and Laura (Ken) Iverson, four brothers; Jerry, Everet (Linda), Cecil and Eddy, his brothers and sisters-in-law; Margaret (Russell) Lee, Daniel (Louisea) Rose, Thomas (Sue) Rose, and Thomas Muetze, and many nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters; Edye, Millie and Bubba, one nephew; Jerry Jr., sister-in-law; Jeannine, mother and father-in-law Thomas and Harriet Rose, and his brothers-in-law Rolland Pataska and Bobby Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held at 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home Nelson Chapel, 1007 Caledonia St., La Crosse, WI. Chaplain Kathleen Charles will officiate. Visitation will start at 2:00 and go until the time of services at the Funeral Home on Thursday. Private family burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.