Eugene “Gene” S. Keppers, 82, of Eau Claire passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his friends and family Deb (Mark) Seidling, Sam (Rob) Reinhold, Melissa (Phil) Woodford, Nicole (Johnathan) Steinke, and Rachel Seidling on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Gene was born February 15, 1934 to Alois and Margaret (Cromer) Keppers on a small farm in Minnesota.  Gene was an avid deer hunter, fisherman, and Packer fan.  He had a passion for eagles and pocket watches.  After retirement, Gene especially enjoyed his job as a crossing guard.  He loved the holidays and decorating his home.  Gene was always willing to help others.  He loved spending time with his special little rascals Jayden, Collin, Karson, Kyliegh, and Mayahna.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents Alois Sr and Margaret Keppers; son Gene Keppers; siblings, Alois Jr, Rosemarie, and Herbert; best friend Alton Jochum; and love of his life Delores Jochum.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Mary (Keppers) Wakely of Wausau, WI; brothers Melvin Keppers of Dessal, MN, and John (Judy) Keppers of Maplewood, MN; grandchildren, Trisha, Shane, and Trudy.  As well as his special friend Wands.

Death leaves a heart ache that no one can heal, but love leaves a memory that no one can steal.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakwood Villa and Sacred Heart Hospital for their exceptional care of Gene.   

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel with Pastor Robert Hoekstra officiating.  Visitation will begin two hours prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday.  Private burial will follow at a later date. 


  1. To Deb, Sam & families, I was so sorry to see the passing of Gene. I’m so happy you could all be with him…..I’m sure that meant the world to him. He took such good care of your Mom….such a sweet man. I’m sure he really missed her as you all do. Now they are all reunited together again. Please know I am thinking of all of you and you are in my prayers.
    Jean (Frank) Schlimme

  2. Sincerely condolences to the family& friends of Gene. I knew him as the crossing guard at Fenwick Av & Margaret St. As an easthill resident Gene was a familiar sight as my golden retriever & I walked on weekday mornings. Gene provided wonderful service to the children on their way to Flynn Elementsry. In addition, he always helped us to cross the street to. No, he didn’t have to, however; we sure appreciated his assistance crossing the busy street. Gene touched so many lives. Rest In Peace Gene. You’ve earned it.

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