Eugene E. Dauenhauer, 87, Mandan, passed away on June 11, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mandan, with The Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Interment will follow at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors provided by the VFW Post 707 and the American Legion Post 40.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Weigel Funeral Home, with a rosary by the St. Anthony Verian at 7 p.m. and a parish vigil at 7:15 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday.
Eugene was born on May 23, 1931, to Joe and Emma (Meyer) Dauenhauer in Richardton. Shortly after, he moved with his parents to Killdeer, where he attended school. At the age of seven, Eugene started working at Wetsch Grocery Store in Killdeer, working for twenty-five cents a week and a dozen oranges. He worked there until the age of 17, when he entered the U.S. Navy. He proudly served in the Navy from June 2, 1948, until he was honorably discharged on May 27, 1952. He received his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill., and marched in Soldiers Field in Chicago, which earned them 30 days leave. From boot camp, he was transferred to Boston, Mass., and served on the light cruiser USS Datton, where he began his career as a cook in the commissary division. After six months on the USS Datton, he was transferred to Green Cove Springs, Fla., to serve on a troop ship. When the Korean War broke out, he was transferred to Newport, R.I., to serve aboard the USS Tarawa CV-40 aircraft carrier. Upon his discharge, he was awarded the Navy’s good conduct medal while serving on the USS Tarawa CV-40.
In June 1952, he moved to Bismarck and worked for National Tea Company as a meat cutter, which is where he met the love of his life, Frances Schwartzbauer, St. Anthony. They were married on Oct. 27, 1952 and to this union, one son, Daryl was born.
Eugene managed Brown’s Meat Market for a while and then went into the building industry as a carpenter and cement finisher. He worked for Anderson Guther and Carlson Construction for many years until his retirement.
Eugene was very active in the Mandan Legion Post 40 and was on the original building committee. He was also post commander in 1974 and received the Legionnaire of the Year award in 1994. He was first vice commander membership chairman for baseball committee and entertainment committee. He was a member of the Moose, Eagles, AMVETS, the St. Anthony Verian, and was a life time member of the VFW.
Eugene will be forever in our hearts and deeply missed by many friends, family, and neighbors who love him.
Eugene will be deeply missed by his son, Daryl, Mandan; his sisters, Betty Carrier, Idaho, Lori, Missoula, Mont., and Lorraine Gerhardt, Missoula; numerous brothers; sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Emma Dauenhauer; his wife, Frances; sisters, Gladys Brandi, Deloris Klein, Violet Keller, and Helen Marquart; brothers, Felix, Alfred; and infant brother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
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