Eugene Oelrich

eugene oelrich

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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  1. Oxbow ND
    Melissa, Paul and Rob

    I am sorry to hear about Gene. I have fond memories of him from being a young kid and seeing him at the gym for basketball games to the great times we had with he and Donna at Gene’s Machines. I remember the great burgers he made there and the arcade being the meeting spot after school or practice. Your parents made that place a great hangout for all of us.
    Whenever I ran into Gene in Hillsboro after I moved away, we always had great conversation.

    He will be missed!


  2. Melissa,Paul,Austin and Tiffany,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. God Bless you and help you through each day. Love you all.

  3. Bemidji MN
    To family and friends of Gene ~ Ron and I were saddened by the news of the passing of Gene. May you find comfort in the arms of our good and gracious Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you – always. Sending love and hugs.

  4. Moorhead MN
    I was sorry to learn of Gene’s passing. Gene was a good person and thought highly of by many friends and acquaintences. May the memories of Gene always be warm.

  5. Fargo ND
    Melissa, My deepest sympathy’s to you and your family for this sudden loss. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, especially at this time.

  6. We may not have been close, but you were always close in our hearts and always will be. Our prayers go out to all who lost Gene in their lives.

  7. Thanks for your service:
    A veteran – whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America”, for an amount of “up to and including his life”. That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

  8. Cummings ND
    Sorry to hear about your loss.We attended the same church as Gene. My dad Ron was called up to heaven on the same day. As Pastor Kessler said its see you later. May God comfort during your sadness.

  9. Casselton So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. My deepest sympathy for you all. I have many memories at HHS with him.
    Rest In Peace Gene

  10. Plymouoth MN
    I was so sorry to read of Gene’s death and sad that he didn’t have more time to enjoy retirement. May memories of the good times you shared with him bring you comfort.
    With sympathy,
    Sally Thompson

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