November 19, 2013


Eugene "Gene" Huelshorst, 84, of Carroll, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be Father Timothy Schott. Music will be by Marcy Anderson and the St. Lawrence choir with Kathleen Macke as song leader. Mass servers will be Jacob Schreck and Michael Schreck. Lector will be Diane Hannasch. Gift bearers will be Neil and Jean Ludwig. Eucharistic ministers will be Gene's nieces Kathy Puck and JoAnn Patzner, as well as Diane Hannasch. Honorary casket bearers will be Gene's nieces and nephews. Casket bearers will be Gene's nephews Jim Lampe, Dave Tigges, Ron Willenborg, Wesley Willenborg, Rick Willenborg and Dennis Naber. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll. Military honors will be conducted by the Arcadia American Legion and Manning VFW.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service by St. Lawrence Parish at 6 p.m.

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Born Nov. 10, 1929, in Carroll, Eugene was a son of Conrad and Lena (Bergman) Huelshorst. He attended St. John School in Arcadia. Gene proudly served his country as a medic for the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. On May 17, 1958 he married Elaine Willenborg at Sacred Heart Church in Manning, Iowa. The couple made their home in Carroll.

Gene owned and operated Gene Huelshorst Painting in Carroll, as well as the bowling alley in Arcadia, with his wife Elaine, for several years. Gene was an accomplished finishing woodworker, and enjoyed sharing the beauty of his work for all to see. He was an ardent Iowa Hawkeye fan, holding season tickets for both football and basketball. He attended every home football game for 30 years. Over the years Gene and Elaine traveled to many away football games as well as many of the bowl games. Gene along with Darwin Bunger are credited for starting the Carroll Area I Club. He also was an avid golfer, scoring a hole-in-one twice over the years.

Gene was a member of St. Lawrence Parish, Arcadia American Legion, Manning VFW, Carroll Area I Club, Woodmen of the World and Carroll Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine of Carroll; a sister, Regina Ludwig of Carroll; his in-laws: Bernice Naber of Carroll, Leo (Darlene) Willenborg of Manning, Tarsall Lampe of Wisconsin, Edna (Ray) Tigges of Cedar Rapids, Henry Jr. (Ardella) Willenborg of Manning, Norma Willenborg, of Omaha, Neb., and Marvin Lampe of Carroll; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Theresa Berns, Francis Huelshorst, Vincent Huelshorst, and a sister in infancy; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Jeanette Lampe and Marvin Willenborg.