Funeral Services: Will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Greenfield United Methodist Church with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Full military graveside rites will be conducted by the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357. A luncheon will be held at the church following the burial at the cemetery. Pastor Eric Schubert will officiate the service.
Open Visitation: Will be held at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Wednesday, May 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: May be directed to the Gene Funke Memorial Fund to be established by the family.
Gene Glen Funke was born on October 22, 1950, the son of Glen and Katherine Bethine (Galloway) Funke in Greenfield, Iowa. He passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at his home in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 65.
Gene attended Greenfield school district later graduating in 1969. After graduating he worked as a custodian at the high school. Gene later joined the service serving in the Vietnam War. On January 14, 1971, he was united in marriage to Cinda Ritter. To this union three children were born: Patty, Jon and Jerry.
The family made their home on a farm north of Greenfield, later moving to town in 1996. Much of Gene’s life consisted of him working at Cardinal IG for many years and Schildberg’s Construction until he later retired. Gene’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and grandchildren and his dog Chico. Gene was an avid hunter spending countless hours with his family.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cinda Funke in 2008; sister, Jolene Kaloides; brother-in-law, Stan Kaloides; and nephew, Ben Funke.
He is survived by his children, Patty Abell and husband Dan of Greenfield, Jon Funke and wife Brenda of Fontanelle and Jerry Funke and wife Eleisca of Greenfield; six grandchildren, Shawna and Kayla Abell, Nicole and Mazee Funke and Colbin and Kenna Funke; brother, Dean Funke of Fontanelle; two sisters, Rolene Lundy and husband Scott of Greenfield and Charlene Scheall and husband Patrick of Altoona; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.