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Eugene "Gene" J. Pieterick, July 28, 1927 - March 12, 2020

Eugene "Gene" J. Pieterick
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Eugene “Gene” John Pieterick passed away on March 12, 2020 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the age of 92. 

Gene was born on July 28, 1927 in Cayuga, North Dakota to Charles & Susan (nee Kowahl) Pieterick.  He was raised in Independence, Wisconsin, drafted by the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany.  After he returned from service, Gene attended La Crosse State Teachers College for two years, and then transferred to Marquette University where in 1951 he graduated with a business degree. 

Playing sports was a big part of Gene’s younger years, particularly baseball.  His favorite position was center field, but he also pitched on the successful 1954/55 local amateur baseball team that played their way to the State Semi-Pro tournament at Milwaukee County Stadium.  His love of all sports continued throughout his life, if not by playing, then by watching his favorite Brewer and Packer teams.  He loved the outdoors, going on long walks, and was an avid fisherman and deer hunter.  Gene enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, Friday fish fries, and playing cribbage with friends and family.  

Gene married Jean M. Sylla in 1957 and shortly thereafter, they moved to Eau Claire where they raised their five children.  Gene was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 31 years.  Gene was also a devote Catholic that rarely missed Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s Church.  

Gene will be dearly missed by his wife of 63 years and children Barb Pieterick of Eau Claire, Jim Pieterick (Sue Ringwall) of Rochester, Minnesota, Mary (Dave "Buck") Knutson of Colfax, Wisconsin, Anne (Jim) Thome of Port Washington, Wisconsin and Margaret “Maggie” (John) Schlegel of Sussex, Wisconsin. He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren including Brittany (Donnie) Mixon, Brett Albrecht, Justin Knutson, Cody Knutson, Nikki (Curtis) Pranger, Joey Thome, Lauren (Andrew) Schulz, Alyssa Thome, Zach Schlegel, Kelly Schlegel and 7 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers Raymond “Ray”, Gerald “Bud”, Alfred “Al”, Jerome “Jerry” Pieterick.  

The twinkle in his eye, firm handshake and mischievous smile will be missed by all.   

Due to the recent developments, A private family visitation and service will take place with entombment and military honors at the Chapel of the Resurrection Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire.  A celebration of life gathering will take place at a later date.   

The family would like to thank Heritage Court Assisted Living, hospice and all the in-home caregivers over the years, especially Lee, Ricky, Tracy and Rosemary. 

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Jeff Jajowka March 23, 2020

    Jim and Family - What a fabulous life ! I someday wish my story could be so rich in memories. Sorry for your loss here.

  2. Barb and Steve Baumgartner March 21, 2020

    Jean, we are so very sorry for your loss. The loving care that you gave to your husband was inspiring. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Vicki Wolter March 21, 2020

    My deepest sympathies to you Barb and your family. Losing a parent is very tough.
    Vicki Iverson Wolter (we went to hs together)

  4. George Vu March 20, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  5. Vitus Kampa March 19, 2020

    My condolences to your family. I grew up in Independence as my parents Carl & Gustie ran the Coffee Shop . I remember Gene from his baseball playing days. I would have been maybe 10-12 years old when the city team was a really big deal in town. Gene was my favorite player - maybe because he was short in stature like I was. I can still see him playing center field . I can vividly remember one play he made when he chased a long ball over his head and ended up catching it and going over the snow fence.- really ! That was an uphill run in those days as the field was on a hillside. Then when I was in college in EC I would run into him once in awhile as he was delivering mail and also at Rays Bar on Water Street. He was a good man just like his dad and brothers- I knew all of them. God Bless and please stay well - all of you.

  6. Kris Black Miller March 19, 2020

    So sorry for your loss Pietetick family. I have fond childhood memories of time spent with. God Bless.

  7. Denise & Denny Tarnowski March 18, 2020

    Our hearts hurt with you. May he rest in Christ's eternal peace. Amen.

  8. Ed McManus March 18, 2020

    I fondly remember playing softball at the Eagles Club one summer with "Short Shanks." A great teammate and especially a fun guy to be around.
    My sympathies to you all at this sad time.

  9. Julia K Whelihan March 17, 2020

    Dear Barb & Family,

    My prayers are with you Barb and your family. Your Dad is now with God. I hope that gives you and your family comfort during this time of grieving.

    With Love,
    Julia Whelihan

  10. Dan Seichter March 17, 2020

    I still have a giant box of fishing jigs that Gene made for me with deer tails I gave him when he and my father were co-workers at the Post Office back in the early 70's. Those jigs still catch fish! Rest in peace Gene.
    Dan Seichter

  11. karen joyce miller March 16, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers are sent your way at this difficult time

  12. Elijah Barber March 16, 2020

    It was such an honor to get to know and take care of Eugene. He was such a loving man and I will miss him dearly. May he Rest In Peace. Jean I hope you find peace as well you are so kind and compassionate lady and gene was so very lucky to have you as his wife. Love you both.

  13. Jerry J Parsons March 16, 2020

    Geno was one of my favorites from the"old guard" at the post office. Like his bother he certainly enjoyed a good laugh and it was infectious! Even though I haven't seen Geno for a while I'll always carry good memories of him!

  14. Donna Burns March 15, 2020

    Deepest Sympathy, Jean. Thinking of you and praying that you can adjust to a new chapter in your life am sure it is difficult as Gene was by your side for a number of years. Was nice seeing you at Jean Wolfe wake. Thoughts are with you

  15. Charlie Pieterick and Marcie Rubardt March 14, 2020

    Very sorry for your loss. We are sending you loving thoughts from Guatemala.