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Gene Odell Tranberg

April 8, 2021 | 4 comments

Gene Odell Tranberg, 72, passed away on April 3, 2021 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on March 27,1949 to Odell and Geraldine (Olson) Tranberg. He married Peggy Holen on December 22, 1973. Together they raised a beautiful daughter, Heather Jean. Peggy passed away on October 15, 2018.

Gene graduated from Gale Ettrick High School in 1967. He worked at Trane Company for 40 years in assembly and mechanical maintenance. Gene was a lifelong member of French Creek Lutheran Church where he was head usher for over 20 years and served on the church council as president, vice president, deacon and trustee. He also served as a Sunday school teacher. He lived in Galesville and was involved in the community. He loved to help others. He especially enjoyed working on the “Light up Galesville.” project. He also contributed to many charitable organizations. Gene loved life and savored every moment. He loved to golf with his nephews and friends, watch and attend sporting events, and going out to eat with his family. Gene also loved to bowl on leagues at the Gale Lanes in Galesville. One of his favorite enjoyments was seeing the little ones grow up and they adored him so much. Gene had a heart of gold and always put others before himself. He was kind, compassionate and very genuine. He will be missed by so many.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Heather (Wally) Seubert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and their 3 children, Trenton, Noah and Olivia. Gene cherished all of them and he loved them immensely. He is also survived by his siblings Lynda (Harlan) Hjerleid, Marlene (Doug) Holte, David (Bev) Tranberg, Laurie (Randy) McCutchen, Steve (Laura) Tranberg, and Melanie (Rick) Wolle, who was adopted by Harlan and Lynda Hjerleid after the death of their mother, Geraldine, brother in law, John Olson and aunt, Shirley (Allan) Rogge. Nieces: Pamela, Shari, Erin, Becky, Allison, Jennica, Jaclyn, Emily, Megan, Mikayla and Amanda. Nephews:  Mark, Todd, Jared, Justin and Ryan. Gene also had several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to Peggy, Gene was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, his sister Julie Olson, niece Heidi Janzen and nephews Jimmy Hovre and Brian Suchla.

Visitation will be held at the Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 5 to 7 pm. A private funeral service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 at French Creek Lutheran Church, Ettrick. Officiant will be Pastor Anna Sorenson. Burial will be at Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesville. Memorials may be directed to French Creek Lutheran Church, Children’s Miracle Network, or of own choosing.




    Your kindness …will never be forgotten Gene……to the most beautiful family….I’ve ever known..my sympathy at your loss

  2. Mike Lebakken

    Such a terrible loss to friends and family. Gene was such a special man who was so kind and caring. I love that he had a smile on his face all the time. You definitely took after his father.

  3. Bill & Kim Hart

    Hi I worked with Gene at Trane Co. He was such a nice guy will missed by many. Our Condolences & Prayers go out to the Family.


    Sending Prayers and Condolences to Gene’s Family at this sad time.
    I worked with Gene at Trane Company for many years. Gene was a Great Person.


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