Eugene H. “Gene” Ottensmeier | Obituaries#

Eugene H. “Gene” Ottensmeier, age 87, of Trenton, passed away at his home on Friday, May 24, 2024. He was born on November 16, 1936 in St. Rose to the late Bernard “Ben” and Alvina, née Poettker, Ottensmeier.

Gene was preceded in death by his siblings Marcellus Ottensmeier, Bernie Ottensmeier, Dorothy Kirkland and Norbert (Dolores “Dee”) Ottensmeier as well as his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Wib Kampwerth, Hank Feldmann and Paula Ottensmeier.

Gene is survived by his siblings, Bernice Kampwerth of Bartelso, Mary Lou Feldmann of Avison, Jim Ottensmeier of Trenton, Pat Ottensmeier of Kennesaw, GA, and Charlene (Rich) Hesker of Mascoutah; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rita Ottensmeier of Trenton and Mike Kirkland of Alabaster, AL; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and his beloved dog, Rex.

A proud veteran, Gene served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He worked as a mechanic for many years, utilizing his skills at Koerkenmeier Truck Service in Aviston and Klasing Buick Pontiac in Trenton before branching out on his own as a mechanic. Gene was a dedicated member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, an active member of the Green Iron Club, and enjoyed helping out with Red Detmer's Pit Crew.

Gene enjoyed attending auctions and was always on the lookout for unique treasures. He spent countless hours tinkering with various projects, tending to his fruit trees, and fishing. One of his favorite activities was attending the monthly “Ottensmeier Board Meeting,” a cherished family gathering.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. The service will be conducted by Deacon Tom Ritzheimer. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Trenton.

The viewing will be on Friday, May 31, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.

In lieu of flowers, plants, or other gifts, memorial contributions may be made in the form of Masses or to the Wounded Warrior Project. These will be accepted at the wake or by mail to the Moss Funeral Home, 105 S. Main St. Trenton, IL 62293, in care of the family.

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