Gene E. Monroe, 69, New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Sept. 6, 2012, at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, New Braunfels. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Peace Lutheran Church, New Braunfels, with the Rev. Gary Lange officiating.
He was born in Bismarck, to Earl Monroe and Mary (Burck) Monroe on April 26, 1943. Gene was raised in Wilton and graduated from Wilton High School. After High School he attended Valley City Community College for two years and worked as a truck driver. Gene moved to Texas in the early 70s and began his career in the overhead door business working in sales and installation. He was also a reserve Police Officer for the City of Bedford, Texas. He retired from the overhead door business in 2000 after 40 plus years of service. He enjoyed many favorite pastime activities including working with tractors, woodworking, and outdoor cooking. He also participated in many chili cook-offs since 1986 and was known by many as a “Master Outdoor Chef.” He was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church New Braunfels.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Monroe; his daughters, Traci D. Lewis, Shelli G. Swift and husband, Greg, and Vicki B. Matherly and husband, Tom; his son, Michael G. Monroe; his step-children, Dawn J. Abbott and husband, Tom, Shawn L. Hudson and husband, Ken, and Craig E. Christopherson; his mother-in-law, Lillian Matoon; his brothers, Jerry Monroe and wife, Jean, and Burel Monroe and wife, Marilyn; his sisters, Jane Watkins, Bonnie Diechert, Judy Ryder and husband, Joe, and Jill Monroe; his grandchildren, Leighann, Holli, Mallori, Casey, Chase, Rachel, Jonathan, Andrew, Caitlin and Thomas; and his great-grandchildren, Nathan, Bethani and Aubri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary Monroe.
Memorial Contributions may be given to Peace Lutheran Church or to The Wounded Warrior Project.