Eugene Wavra of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022 surrounded by his loving family at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating and Deacon John Bruggeman. Burial will be held at St. Dorothy Catholic Cemetery, Dorothy, MN
Visitation will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 starting at 5:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Eugene Francis Wavra was Born on November 14th, 1933 to Dorn and Mary (Steer) Wavra, grew up in Euclid, MN with his brother Vern and sisters Darlene and Sharon. In 1953 he entered the US Army and served his country as a mechanic stationed in Germany until honorably discharged in 1955.
Eugene met his sweetheart Jeanette Audette at the county schoolhouse dance. Shortly after his return from serving in the army, they were united in matrimony on June 13, 1956. They settled in Red Lake Falls and enjoyed raising their family of 12, David, Jim, Kathy, Greg, Carol, Keith, Robert, Diane, Christine, Shirley, Susan, and John. All live within 80 miles from the homestead.
Eugene went to work for his brother Vern at the black smith shop as well as trucking and maintaining a working farm. Later purchased a truck of his own, starting his own business hauling livestock to market for local farmers. Famously known as the friendly trucker of Hwy 75 never meeting somebody that was not an instant friend. On the farm he had many responsibilities and hobbies including growing his own food in the garden, raising cattle, sheep, chicken, pigs and catching fish. Eugene enjoyed visiting with neighbors, sharing coffee, cookies, and a story. In 1998 retiring his truck and continued working after his retirement repairing boats for close friends.
Eugene is survived by his wife Jeanette of 66 years, his 12 children and their spouses, David (Diane) Wavra of Middle River, Jim (Kari) Wavra Red Lake Falls, Kathy (John) Pavlish East Grand Forks, Greg (Laura) Wavra Red Lake Falls, Carol (Tom) Schmitz Red Lake Falls, Keith (Connie) Wavra Red Lake Falls, Robert Wavra Lake Park, Diane (Tim) Fortmann Erskine, Christine (Kevin) Nelson Red Lake Falls, Shirley (Dave) Herding Bemidji, Susan (special friend Lee Fredricks) Brummund Red Lake Falls, John (Ashley) Wavra East Grand Forks; 37 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by mother Mary Wavra, father Dorn Wavra, brother Vern Wavra, granddaughter Erin Ellefson, their angel miscarried November 28, 1982.