Gene Oelrich, 66, Hillsboro, passed away Friday, November 5, 2010 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.

Gene Oelrich was born on March 14, 1944 to James and Marjorie Oelrich in Hillsboro, ND. He grew up and attended school in Hillsboro. Gene enlisted in the US Navy and served until 1967. He returned to Hillsboro where he and Donna Mae Salo were married at St. John Lutheran Church on September 14, 1968. Gene worked at Hillsboro High School for 15 years before going to work at the Traill County Courthouse where he worked for 27 years, retiring in August of 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna  in December1996.

Gene is survived by his children, Melissa (Paul) Kozojed, Hillsboro, ND, Robert Oelrich, Hillsboro, ND, LeRoy (Sally) Oelrich, Portland, TX, James (Rosalinda) Oelrich, Sinton, TX; 7 grandchildren, Austin, Tiffany, Lisa, LeRoy, Elizabeth, James II, Robert; 5  great grandcihildren; and brothers, Roy (Mary) Hillsboro, ND, Richard Oelrich, Eagle Bend, MN, Donald (Ginger) Oelrich, Comstock, MN, Tom (Jan) Oelrich, West Fargo, ND.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, Hillsboro. There will be a prayer service at St. John Lutheran Church at 7:00 p.m. Monday. Visitation will be from5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday in the church and one hour before the funeral in the church. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Hillsboro.

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