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Gene Aune 09/25/2021

Gene Aune 09/25/2021

Gene Eldon Aune passed from this Earth into Eternity at home on his beloved farm surrounded by family on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Gene was born February 1, 1941 to Arthur Ingvald Aune and Blanche (Boucher) Aune in Hudson, Wisconsin. Gene was the youngest of seven children and he graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School in 1959 and continued responsibility for his father’s dairy herd north of Baldwin. Gene was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. In 1962 he met his wife Audrey (Starbeck) Aune on a blind date and they married August 22, 1964 in Montevideo, Minnesota. The couple settled on the Aune family farm in Baldwin until 1969 when they purchased the Hammond, Wisconsin farm from George and Helen Barringer. This past February, the family celebrated 51 years on the family farm.

Gene began milking cows as a young man and enjoyed caring for his herd until selling the milk cows in 1999. Today the family farm still consists of beef cattle and Quarter Horses. One of Gene’s favorite activities was riding the Ranger over his land and observing the progress of his crops. He took great pride in being a self-sufficient farmer who generally fixed his own equipment. He loved being social and never met a stranger. In 2018, Gene’s youngest son, Eric Aune took over responsibility for crop and farm management and Gene transitioned to a less strenuous lifestyle. Gene loved seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Together the couple had four children: Pam (Allen) Schmidt of Waconia, MN; Susan (Daren) Pederson of Hammond, WI; David (Katie Mahoney) Aune of Spooner, WI; and Eric Aune & Hannah Schreck of Hammond, WI. Gene leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Audrey and two sisters, Bernise (William) Geifer and Arlis Johnson; sister-in-law, Karen Aune; Grandchildren Erica (Nate) Spurrell, Bryan (Kiersten Severude) Haugerud, Kaitlynne Haugerud, Natalie Haugerud, Jackson Pederson, Nicolas Pederson, Makayla Aune and Tyler Aune. Great-grandchildren Ethan Hochstetler, Connor Hochstetler, Michael Hochstetler, Carter Hochstetler, Isabella Hochstetler, Elizabeth Spurrell, Jonathan Spurrell, and Emma Spurrell, and an unborn great-grandson as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins who also loved Gene.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Blanche Aune; mother-in-law, Phyllis (Mattson) Starbeck and father-in-law, Arthur Starbeck; sisters June (Bob) Hedin, Twila (Don) Martin, Mary (James) Allen; and brother, Thor Aune; a niece, Kimberley Allen Tisdale; and nephew, Douglas Johnson.

A funeral service was held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1250 Broadway St.) in Hammond.  The service was livestreamed via Trinity Lutheran Youtube.  Click on the following link to watch the funeral service.  Visitation was on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 3:00-7:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church and on Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm. Private interment will be at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Lori Thompson Posted September 26, 2021 12:04 pm

    I’m so very sorry for this very sad loss. Gene was a fine man, and I know you were proud of him. Losing a loved one is the most emotional loss in life. We’re never ready to part with them.

  • Julie (Zillmann) Kuhn Posted September 26, 2021 1:48 pm

    My condolences to the family. Gene was a HS classmate of mine & a super guy.

  • Glenda zager Posted September 27, 2021 4:21 pm

    Gene was the best ! Roger loved visiting with him! Such a great loss to everyone. Hugs to family….

  • Sandi Sterke Posted September 27, 2021 9:54 pm

    Happy to have many wonderful memories and prayers for all the family.

  • Sandi Sterke Posted September 28, 2021 1:18 am

    I am with you in spirit, Peace and prayers for all of you

  • Bill & Bev Landaal Posted September 28, 2021 1:18 pm

    Bill loved gene like a brother. He loved telling tail of the things they got into trouble.

  • Angela and Andy Meyer Posted September 28, 2021 5:05 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time! If you need anything let us know Audrey! Hugs

  • Scott Nash Posted September 28, 2021 8:51 pm

    Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Kim Marklowitz Posted September 29, 2021 8:25 am

    His always hi and smiley face will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    The staff at the Countryside Coop Baldwin

  • Ron Roodell Posted September 29, 2021 11:49 am

    The community has lost a good man, a man I truly enjoyed. His smile was infectious and one I will not forget. I believe he is in a better place and I will see him again. We (Ron, Nancy, Joe & Elizabeth) send our deepest condolences to you, Audrey, and children, Pam, Susie, David and Eric.

  • Josh & Cindy Lugo, Dallas TX Posted September 29, 2021 1:11 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Gene was an example to many and a wonderful family man. Your beautiful marriage always inspired my husband & I. Sending love, prayers & hugs at this time.

  • Jennifer Bergquist Posted September 29, 2021 1:31 pm

    We are so sorry for your families loss of such a wonderful man. From the first time we set foot on the Aune farm years ago, Gene always greeted and made us feel welcome. Each time we stopped by Gene would point out a few “good ones” in the pasture. It’s been such an honor to know the patriarch of the family and we’re so terribly sorry for your loss. Hugs, love, prayers and peace during this difficult time.

  • Doug & Sandy Nash Posted September 29, 2021 6:04 pm

    We are so glad we were able to share some time with you in Gene’s last days. May your mourning time be one filled with the good memories of your time with Gene and family. God bless you and your family at this time.

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