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Obituary for Eugene "Gene" Robert Dally

Eugene “Gene” Robert Dally, 97, of La Crosse passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Bethany Riverside Nursing Facility in La Crosse. He was born on Feb. 12, 1920, to Robert and Mildred (McMillan) Dally. Eugene married Lottice Lavana Brown on March 4, 1944, in Hernando, Miss. He was the Director of Inspections for the City of La Crosse until his retirement in 1982. He was a proud member of the 92nd Infantry serving 16 months in Europe during WWII. He was a decorated solider, including a Bronze Star. Eugene’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapping, and gardening. Being raised during the depression helped shape his character into the man he became. Keeping with Eugene’s request, his body was donated to the U-W Madison Body Donation Program to further education and research. He is survived by four daughters, Judy (Toby) Ginder of Madison, Wis., Wanda (Joe) Pineau of Colorado Springs, Colo., Cindy Calogero of La Crosse, Wis., and Sandy (Gary) Luepke of Holmen, Wis.; six grandchildren, Dawn (Mark) Ceja, Jered Johnson, Eric (Sutra) Ginder, Erin (Marty) Mathias, Jenny (Gavin) Brownell, and Ryan (Kelly) Luepke; eight great-grandchildren, Justin, Jacob, Sara, Araceli, Ellie, Scarlet, Ryker, and Lilly; nieces; nephews; and other relatives. Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Lavana Dally; two brothers, Ardell Dally and Delbert Dally; son-in-law, Lou Calogero; and a great-grandson, Weston Brownell. Eugene had requested that there not be any services and a private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Stoddard American Legion Post # 315, where Eugene had been a lifelong member, or the Bethany Riverside Nursing Facility Music Therapy Program, La Crosse. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Riverside Lighthouse for all the wonderful care they gave to Eugene.