Gene Loutsch, 84, of Remsen, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Gene Loutsch was born April 30, 1919, at rural Remsen, the son of Dominic and Catherine (Niehus) Loutsch. Gene was raised in the Remsen area and received his education in both the rural school system and St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. He was then a farm laborer in the Remsen area.
On Nov. 17, 1941, he married Mary C. Arens at Remsen. The couple farmed south of Remsen until moving into Remsen in October 1979. He was active in raising and racing thoroughbred racehorses in the United States and Canada for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, 4th degree Knights of Columbus Garrigan Assembly, Lions, and Manitoba Horseman's Association.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. of Remsen; one daughter, Kay and her husband, Jim Grunden, of Remsen; four sons and their wives, Don and Janet of Le Mars, Pat and Mary and Tim and Valerie, all of Remsen, and Ken and Kerry of Kingsley; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren' four brothers, Vernon and his wife, Marge, of Le Mars, Arthur, Dale and his wife, Joyce, and Paul and his wife, LaVonne, all of Remsen; four sisters, Norma Tentinger and Kathleen Groepper, both of Remsen, Colette and her husband, Farrell Wright, of Moville, and Alice Seuntjens of Kingsley; one brother-in-law, Alvin Groepper of Remsen and one sister-in-law, Cleo Loutsch of Remsen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John, one sister, Delores Groepper, four brothers-in-law, Les Sheehan, Emmert Tentinger, Kenneth Groepper, Mick Seuntjens and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Loutsch.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen, with the Rev. Timothy Johnson and Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen.
Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. today (Monday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m., followed by a 4th degree Knights of Columbus honor guard and chalice service, all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Jean Klave, Laura Swanson, Mark Loutsch, Josh Loutsch, Lindsey Loutsch and Wesley Loutsch.
K.C. honorary bearers will be Carel Connor, Edward Henrich, Richard Moritz, Marvin Pottebaum, Alfred Wilberding, Lloyd Wolf.