Eugene "Gene" Blumhardt


Gene’s memorial service 2 PM Saturday, July 16th

Eugene “Gene” Blumhardt, 77, of Fargo, ND passed away peacefully at home the morning of Sunday, July 10th. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Gene was born June 28th, 1945 to Herbert and Elsie Blumhardt in Elgin, ND. He attended Elgin High School and graduated in 1963 before moving to Fargo where he briefly attended NDSU before taking a job at the University in the Registrar’s Office. He worked for NDSU for 37 years prior to his retirement in 2006.

On October 14th, 1967, Gene married the love of his life, Diana Hummel at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison, ND. They were married for 55 years up until his passing. Together, they have two children, Tanya (48) and Kevin (45) and three grandchildren, Grant (15), Evan (13), and Gwendolyn (7).

What Gene loved most was spending time outdoors or with his grandchildren (or both, preferably). He loved hunting and fishing and spending time at their lake place at Strawberry Lake, MN. He loved to work with his hands and keep busy and always had projects to work on like maintaining his (and the neighbors’) lawnmowers and snowblowers. He spent countless hours woodworking and tinkering in his basement shop.

Family was very important to Gene, and he loved grilling and sitting in the backyard with Diana and the kids and grandkids. He enjoyed the visits from his brother, Orville and sister, Odella when they came to North Dakota and the time Gene and Diana spent on the west coast visiting them. Gene was a proud father, probably never more so than when watching both of his children go through their graduation ceremonies at NDSU.

Gene relished his groups of close friends and coworkers, whether this was his morning coffee group at NDSU, his Canada fishing trip friends, and his Elgin hunting buddies. He looked forward every year to weekends at the lake with the close-knit campground community. Gene’s perfect day consisted of spending the morning on the lake fishing, the afternoon telling fishing stories with friends on the deck of their trailer, and the night sitting around the campfire telling even more stories.

Gene is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diana; daughter, Tanya (Jeremy) Disrud, Fargo, ND; son, Kevin (Rachel) Blumhardt, Fargo, ND; grandchildren Grant, Evan, and Gwendolyn, Fargo, ND; sisters, Odella (Bob) Sanborn, Vancouver, WA and Lynette Hendrickson, Bismarck, ND; brother, Orville Blumhardt, Portland, OR; three nieces and nephews, Zack (Monica) Heupel, Tammy (Tom) Braga, and

Ryan Blumhardt; and brother-in-law Gene (Linda) Hummel. He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Elsie Blumhardt, in-laws Reuben and Sophie Hummel, and grandson Halton Blumhardt.

Flowers can be sent to Boulger Funeral Home.


Visitation: July 15, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Prayer Service: July 15, 2022 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Visitation: July 16, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Memorial: July 16, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. We were shocked to learn of Eugene’s passing. He was a cousin, a fellow student at NDSU, a roommate for a while, and a traveling companion back & forth to Fargo. Condolences to his family. Sorry we cannot attend, but our thought and prayers will be with you Saturday.
    Don & Janet Heupel

  2. Dear Tanya and Family. We extend our deepest sympathy to you. It has been a long time since we have seen you. I have fond memories of Eugene when growing up. May God be with you all during this time. Love and prayers. Bill and Charlotte Lindberg

  3. Blumhardt Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤️🙏
    The Snyder Family
    (Kim, Chris, Thomas, Amelia)

  4. Our deepest sympathies to Diana and family. I met Gene when I started working at NDSU in 1974. We worked in the same building for many years and ate our brown bag lunches at the same table in the Old Main break room more times than I can count. We got together for breakfast occasionally for a few years after we were both retired. The last time I saw Gene was last summer when he took an ailing lawn mower off my hands for which I was grateful. Even though our contact with each other had become less frequent, I will miss him. He was a good friend.

  5. A Testament to a “Great Life” is the wonderful family, great friends and co-workers that loved working with you. Your time on earth touched many lives, i fir one am thankful I got to know you through Tawnya, Jeremy and Grant. God Bless you on your Heavenly Journey Gene.🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 -Dan Wagner and The Wagner Family.

  6. Thoughts and prayers Diana and family. Sorry for your loss. God bless you in the days ahead.

  7. Sorry for your loss I remember may fun times hunting with gene in the badlands and trips to Elgin for bird hunting we had many good times. My prays are with you and your family.

  8. Jim & Marilyn Hetland also add our deepest regrets to Diana & family. I was always grateful to be added to Gene’s hunting group and spending time with Herb and Elsie at their Elgin home and family farm. I worked with Gene in Ceres Hall at NDSU and spent many morning coffee breaks(some too long) together with him. He was a great friend.

  9. Diana, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  10. I knew Gene when I worked at NDSU from 1969-1979. Eventually, he became father-in-law to my daughter’s best friend. Rachel, Kevin and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time 🙏

  11. Diana and Family, My sympathies to you and your Family. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. I have many memories of Gene. We both worked in Old Main at NDSU. Back in the day we had so many great times. We were like a Family back then. Many fun Christmas parties. I remember one of Gene’s surprise Birthday parties at your house. Gene wondering why us girls were parked down the street from your house after work. Harris Jorgensen wearing a Tuxedo T-shirt. Fun time. Gene was a genuine good-natured guy. Always kind and always a smile on his face. He will truly be missed. Sincerely, Renee

  12. Gene was a great man. I was blessed to be able to get to know him and Diana. Peace to the whole family and celebrate his life!

    Troy Ivesdal

  13. Gene was such a good guy. Our family will miss him very much. Prayers for his family and friends.

  14. Dear Diana and family, I am so sorry you lost Gene. It’s so difficult to know that he’s gone, he was a good friend. I worked with him in Ceres Hall for many many years. Diana, you might remember that we, my husband and I, camped at some of the same campgrounds that you two did. I remember visiting with both of you at a few campfires. Jean was really good natured, easy to work with as a colleague, and loyal to NDSU. So sorry for your loss. You’re in my prayers.

  15. My deepest sympathy to the family.
    It’s been a long time since if seen him but a great cousin & neighbor!

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