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Ernest Eugene Eli, known to his many friends as Gene, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at his home. He was 95 years old.

Mr. Eli was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1926, the son of Ernest T. Eli and Blanche Chambers Eli. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946, his last service on the USS Carlisle.

Mr. Eli was known for his charm and wit. He retired from the travel industry after a long career working for several airlines and operating his own travel agency. Mr. Eli was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the American Legion, the Lions Club and the American Society of Travel Agents.

He had two daughters with his first wife, Patricia Joan Eli, and a stepson with his second wife, Patricia Ann Eli.

Mr. Eli is survived by his daughter, Lauren Gilbert, and her husband, Ed Gilbert; her daughter, Karen Eli, and her two children, her son Kyle Malone and her daughter Shayna Malone Chance and her husband, Seth Chance, and her grandson Rowan Chance; his stepson, Michael Kessie, and his wife, Marilyn Kessie, and his son, Joshua Kessie. He was very fond of Roger Brandner, his wife Jennifer and their children. Mr. Eli was also very fond of Sherry Ferguson, his primary caregiver. Her devoted care kept her in her home and extended her life.

His parents predeceased him; beloved wife Patricia Ann Eli; son-in-law Tim Malone; and other family members and friends.

Donations to Meals on Wheels, Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Lions Club would be appreciated. Kratz Funeral Home, Portage, Wisconsin, is helping the family make arrangements.


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