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Gene Ray “Thunder” Erenberger

Gene Ray “Thunder” Erenberger

Gene Ray “Thunder” Erenberger, of Solon, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial to follow in First Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Ely. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Brosh Chapel in Solon is in charge of arrangements.

Gene was born May 5, 1935 in Cedar Rapids, the son of Milo and Rose Mary (Coder) Erenberger. He attended Hazel Green Country School and Mt. Vernon High School. Gene was united in marriage to Rosemary Brecht on January 18, 1955 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. He served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1952-1960. Gene and Rosemary farmed in the Ely and Solon areas their entire married life. He enjoyed traveling, going out with friends, visiting the family farms, sitting on the front porch swing with his dogs, and most of all spending time with his loving family.

Gene is survived by his wife Rosemary; his six children Joni (Don) Herdliska of Coin, Gail (Randy) Tyler of Cedar Rapids, Michael “Milo” (Kathy), David (Susan), Dan (Mary) and Glen (Cindy) all of Solon; seventeen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; his siblings Dick (Pearl) of Ely, Bruce (Barb) of Bettendorf, Denny (Mary Anne) of Ely and Michele (Walt) Steggall of Ely; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Willy Herdliska, and his nephew Steven White.