Eugene (Gene) Carol Schuelka Jr., 53, of Keokuk, passed away suddenly Monday afternoon, October 28, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa.
Eugene was born November 8, 1965, in Keokuk, to Eugene and Shirley Lipper Schuelka. He was united in marriage to Kimberly Rouse on May 28, 1989 they later divorced but remained friends. He was then united in marriage to Tamra Walker on April 21, 2001, in St. Francisville, MO. She survives.
Gene lived in the Keokuk/Montrose area most of his life. He was employed at Henniges and worked as a "yard man" loading barges and doing dock maintenance. He later worked at Highland Corp. and Heartland Co-Op. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, painting, dry erasing, going to concerts, reading, and watching movies and Harley's. He loved animals, especially his pet raccoon, Janga. But what he loved the most was spending time with his grandchildren and children.
He is survived by his wife; Tamra, three children; Austin (Stephanie) Schuelka of Ft. Madison, Shelby (Christopher) Walz of Ft. Madison, and Shane Smeltzer of Wayland, MO, thirteen grandchildren; Lily, Ashton, Ashlynn, Haydyan, Jaxtynn, Gracelynn, Lillionna, Alexa, Kymberlee, Makayla, Isabella, Essance, Exlissa, and an unborn grandchild, two uncles; Buck (Kathie) Lipper of Montrose and Larry (Pam) Lipper of Burlington, and cousins who were raised like sisters to him, Lori (David) Hamner and Vicki (Stacey) Johnston. And countless friends.
Eugene was preceded in death by his mother Shirley Allen, step-father Charles (Buzz) Allen, father Eugene Schuelka Sr., grandparents Dean & Marge Lipper & uncle Jerry Dean Davis.
Eugene will be cremated per his wishes.
Gathering of friends and family will be Friday, November 1, 2019, 6 pm to 8 pm, at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center, 917 Blondeau Street, Keokuk.
A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 3 pm, Saturday, November 2, 2019, at New Bethel Church, 1217 Morgan Street, Keokuk. Following the celebration of life, there will be fellowship time at Rascal's Pub & Grub, 820 Main Street, Keokuk.
Tributes and condolences may be entered at dejongsfuneralhomes.com.
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Sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers from Vinton.
Us family loves hearing the memories the moped one is classic he actually has told me that story
I am truly going tiss seeing you around and the support you and tam shown me had always held a place in my heart.You always put a smile on my face. Genuine good friends to me and ALWAYS will have a place in my heart.RIP my friend till we meet again. Prayers for his family,God bless you all and help you through your loss.amen
I've known gene since I was a kid ... he was a good man ... my heart goes out to his family
Hey Gene, I remember one rainy day when you and I decided to ride our mopeds to Donnellson. On the way back you decided to keep running thru mud puddles in the road, which I kept telling you to stop or you’d break down. Well you didn’t stop and your moped died, so I had to pull you all the way back to Montrose lol. It was very funny but you’d have to be there. You and I were best friends when we were young, we had so many great times but as life went on we slowly lost touch. I can’t tell you the sadness I feel at your passing, it’s just hard to take. God bless you Gene, and God bless your family, may you Rest In Peace old friend. Darin Cale Montrose
First time I met Gene was at Lee County Dragway in the late 70s! Will miss you my friend! Know you’ll visit that drag strip in the sky.
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