Eugene ‘Geno’ Rannow, 78

Eugene Alfred Rannow, age 78, of Silver Lake, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

He was born March 5, 1940, in Glencoe, the second child of six born to Alfred and Mabel (Nelson) Rannow.

Eugene was a 1958 graduate of Glencoe High School.

He honorably served in the United States Army from 1958 until 1960.

Eugene enjoyed his job as a truck driver, driving a milk route for 10 years, and then 40 years with Bjorklund Trucking.

Eugene was united in marriage with Marlene Ruzicka Jan. 11, 1964, at St. Adalbert’s Parish House.

Eugene was a classic car collector, and could fix just about everything he tinkered with. He enjoyed going to auctions, having coffee and playing dice with his friends at Molly’s Café in Silver Lake, and time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Zarazua; parents Alfred and Mabel Rannow; parents-in-law Clarence and Mildred Ruzicka; a brother, Dale; and a sister, Pat (Errol) Becker.

Eugene was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed by his wife, Marlene Rannow; children Chad Rannow, and Kelli (Kevin) Leyendecker; grandchildren Mick (Melissa) Wertz, Heidi Wertz, Travis Wertz, Jaden Zarazua, Maria Zarazua, and Justin Fabian; and great-grandchildren Destiny, Faith, and Nevaeh.

He is further survived by siblings Janet (David) Lange, Thomas (Nancy) Rannow, and Jerry (Peg) Rannow; sister-in-law Carlene Grobe (Dan Erdmann); beloved dogs, Coty and Shelby; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service took place Thursday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m., at Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. Military honors followed.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family; www.mareshfuneralhome.com.

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