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Eugene J. Danielson, 56

Eugene John Danielson, age 56, of Eden Valley, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

He was born Nov. 8, 1955, in Litchfield, the son of Dale and Arneldia “Nellie” (Blomker) Danielson. Eugene was baptized at the First Lutheran Church (Gethsemane) in Dassel, and was confirmed at the All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin.

Eugene grew up in the Dassel and Darwin areas, and graduated from Litchfield High School. He then attended Willmar Vocational Technical, where he received his degree as a diesel mechanic.

Gene worked for several construction companies during his career.

He enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting, and reading. Gene loved history and knew where every monument from the Sioux uprising was in Meeker County and McLeod County.

He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, loved to work with his hands, and watch sports and nature shows. Gene always had a dog that was his best friend.

His family and his faith were also important to him.

Eugene is survived by his mother, Arneldia “Nellie” Danielson of Eden Valley; and siblings Sharon (Michael) McAnnany of Port Wentworth, GA, Linda (Lonnie) Venske of New Germany, and Thomas Danielson and Bill Hauge of St. Louis Park.

He is further survived by a niece, Kathryn (Donald) MacDonald of Bel Air, MD; nephews Sean McAnnany of Purcelville, VA, Timothy McAnnany of Bowie MD, Patrick McAnnany (Sonya) of Pasadena, MD, and Ryan Venske of Chaska; great-nieces Kaeli MacDonald and Sara McAnnany; great-nephew Alexander MacDonald; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Gene is also survived by his “best friend,” Sadie.

He was preceded in death by his father; and an infant brother, Kevin.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley with a time to gather with family one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Samuel Morsching officiated, and interment of the urn followed at All Saints Lutheran Cemetery in Darwin.

Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.