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Gene Bednar

October 25, 2018

Visitation - Monday

October 29, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Prayer Service - Monday

October 29, 2018
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Memorial Mass - Tuesday

October 30, 2018
- 2:22 PM with visitation starting at 1:30 PM

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Gene Bednar

October 25, 2018


Gene B. Bednar, 66, of Fargo, ND died, after a battle with cancer on October 25, 2018 at Sanford on Broadway, Fargo, ND.

Gene Bruce Bednar was born March 20, 1952 in Austin, MN to Donald and Betty (Lorimor) Bednar. He graduated from Austin High School in 1970. He married Karee Killoren on August 18, 1973 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. They were married for 45 years. He began a 28 year sales career with Hormel Foods in 1973 that placed him in the territories of Fairmont, MN, Willmar, MN, the Twin Cities and Fargo, ND. Even after retiring, Gene remained dedicated and active in promoting Hormel. He would buy products and give out samples to new people he would meet and educate others on what quality products Hormel provides. Gene’s love of nature, along with staying healthy and fit led him to finish six marathons and take biking trips too numerous to mention. Being in nature on the bike gave him the feeling of being released and carefree, but he always commented on how he never failed to pay full attention to everything around him – all the beauty and blessings God provides.

Gene’s greatest joy was to be surrounded by family and friends. He loved to attend sporting events and had a special interest in MN sports especially the Twins, Vikings and Gophers.

Gene’s heart was huge. He knew how blessed he was and was always looking to share with everyone, be it family, friend, or stranger.

Gene is survived by his wife, Karee; daughter Tricia (Chad) Sauvageau, sons Jason Bednar, Mark (Jenny) Bednar; brothers, Denny (Michael) Bednar, Brad (Sue) Bednar; grandchildren, Garret, Maren, Charlie, Henry.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Jody.

Gene and his family would like to thank the staff at Roger Maris Cancer Center along with the entire oncology team on the seventh floor, for their care and abundant kindness and compassion. They made a difference in the life of Gene and his family with the quality of care given and their tender hearts.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:22 pm, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Nativity Catholic Church with Father David Michael officiating. Friends may call from 5:30-7:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm on Monday at Boulger Funeral Home and also from 1:30-2:22 before the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the New Life Center, Fargo, ND, Fargo Public Schools Foundation -Got No Milk Program, or Nativity Catholic Church.


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28 responses to “Gene Bednar”

  1. Eric Rovang says:

    Our hearts are heavy as we learn of Gene’s passing . He was a great friend and colleage at Hormel Foods and remained so after his retirement . Rest In Peace ! Eric and Judi Rovang

  2. Jean Brandt says:

    Love and prayers to you Karee and your family. My heart is so heavy for you.
    Lifting you up in prayer this day! Always here for you.

  3. Patty Donat says:

    Love and prayers for strength and peace go out to your entire family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  4. Sandy Goughnour says:

    There are no words to tell you how sorry I am. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Cindy and Roger Swanson says:

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayer continue for your family and all who knew and loved Gene. We are so sad.

  6. Jan Ross says:

    Karee, Tricia, Jason and Mark,
    My heart aches for you all! You were all wonderful neighbors and friends and I hope your loving memories keep you strong! Love, Jan and Dalton Ross

  7. Rachel Consdorf says:

    Karee and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Hold tight to each other. My prayers are with you.

  8. Steven and Bren Knowlton says:

    So sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers, I remember Gene as such a positive personable individual. Steven and Bren Knowlton

  9. Bonnie Nelson says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family- Praying that God will provide you with the strength to endure the loss of your beloved Gene May the love and compassion of family and friends provide you comfort and a shoulder to lean on.

  10. Jan Oye says:

    Jason and family, so very sorry for your loss, peace and prayers for each of you.

  11. Craig Lemieux says:

    Karee and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Nickie Brend says:

    Karee and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish all your wonderful memories with Gene.

  13. Geni Hart says:

    Death is so final. The world wanted more time with Gene, especially Karee and family. Allow your family and friends to hold you up and be surrounded by love. The human condition allowed much suffering. Your faith will keep you steadfast.

  14. Nancy Jordheim says:

    Karee – My heart goes out to you. I know from our conversations the depth of love and care the two of you shared. There is a Native America proverb that says, “Death is not the putting out of the light; but rather extinguishing the lamp. May peace find its’ way to you as you find your path. Hugs, Nancy

  15. Marvin and Babe Mortenson says:

    Karee and family, we are sincerely sorry for your loss. Gene was such a positive force … and Hormel booster! We always enjoyed his Christmas notes. May all the good memories you have carry you through the darkness of some of the days to come. We are so sorry we are unable to travel over for the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs of comfort to you from us.

  16. Kerry Schroeder says:

    Karee & children & family of Gene Bednar,

    Sending heartfelt, sincerest condolences to you ALL after seeing/realizing Gene’s passing…truly Shocking!
    I grew up with Gene in same childhood neighborhood. We did many boyhood neighbor activities together with Larry, Rob, Jerry, just mention a few Crane Addition neighbor buddies.

    Gene was always a very caring, healthy minded, outdoors loving, family oriented, God fearing Christian person.

    Loved & now Missed by MANY!

    God Bless you my boy-hood neighbor.


    Kerry & Sid Schroeder

  17. Sara Lensing says:

    Just got the word that Gene passed. Thoughts and prayers from a first cousin that, unfortunately, didn’t get to meet him. Thanks for posting the video. He looked like a great person. Rest easy, Gene.

  18. Edie Thiel says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  19. Gayle Hyde says:

    Prayers for comfort and strength for your family. May your memories give you comfort.

  20. Patty Radatz says:

    I met Gene on my first day of work at Hormel Foods, we had an instant friendship. We were the small town kids and his smile was contagious. I loved his kind and gentle spirit. I enjoyed keeping up with his bike trips and his family. Although he left his way too early, I know he looking down on his with his larger than life smile. Thank you for your friendship and you will be greatly missed!!

  21. Leon Lentz says:

    Gene and Karee were across the street neighbors of ours in Willmar for several years, They were great neighbors and friends. Gene and I were running buddies and did a number of 5k and 10k runs and several road trips to Marathons together. Gene was a great guy! He was kind and caring and almost always smiling, Deb and I were saddened and shocked when we heard of his passing. We will miss him a lot.

  22. D. Harris says:

    Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  23. John and Lyn Erickson says:

    Mark and family ~ We are so sorry to read the news about your dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come.

  24. Dick Houff says:

    I remember Gene from my childhood as being so very kind and gentle. I was one year older and we were all neighborhood friends. His brother Brad was always close to Gene, and it didn’t go unnoticed. More than fifty years have passed and it seems like it was just yesterday — playing in the park. R.I.P.

  25. Dick and Diane Stenberg says:

    Dear Karee and Family,
    Our hearts are so heavy over Gene’s passing and immense loss! What a man of positivity, faith, love for family, and compassion for others! We loved being in Gene’s presence! Know we will keep you in our prayers and hold precious memories close.
    Our love and sincere sympathy,
    Dick and Diane

  26. Denise Ciola says:

    Dear Karee and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless all of you.


  27. Gwen says:

    Karen I just read the obituary…we are all very very sorry for your loss. You were a wonderful couple. We are thinking of you. Pat and Gwen Wampach

  28. Rebecca Kates rothenberg says:

    Hi Karee. I’m so sorry to hear about Gene. I lost my Bob in 2015. I’ve been trying to get in touch with you…please email me at rebbyroth@yahoo.com. My mom passed away that year too! What a beautiful tribute…we are too young to lose our husbands❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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