Gene Robert File was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Rock Rapids, the son of Edward Riggi and Dorthea Marie (Boll) File. He attended school in Rock Rapids and graduated from Rock Rapids High School in 1950.
Following his education, Gene took a position with Illinois Central Gulf Railroad as a telegrapher and later as a clerk. Gene was active with the BRAC union and its leadership. Throughout the years he held various offices including president. Gene retired from the railroad May 20, 1993.
On Dec. 26, 1975, Gene and Alice M. (Pohlen) McVicker were united in marriage at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen. They made their home in Le Mars.
Gene was active in his children's lives and attended all of their events.
He was heavily involved with Le Mars Little League where he coached, umpired and assisted the program in many ways. In 1979, he was honored with umpiring the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Gene was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen, where he ushered and served many positions. He was also a longtime member of the Le Mars Kiwanis Club where he helped form the Aktion Club.
Together Gene and Alice were community minded and volunteered a great deal of their time. He served as treasurer of Friends of the Library and worked with the Postal Playhouse.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years, Alice File of Le Mars; children, Tom McVicker, of Le Mars, Victoria McVicker, of Denver, Colo., Mark McVicker, of Brussels, Belgium and David McVicker, of Chicago, Ill., and their families; a brother, Ken File, of Cherokee; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bernice Johnson, Betty Dennis, Thelma Holthusen and Joyce Mantel; brothers Bill, Harold, Russell and Phillip.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Dennis Martens will officiate. A private burial service will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service Thursday.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.