Gene was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Milleville, Minn., to Martin and Edna (Loos) Schwirtz. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army from 1961 through 1963. Gene spent his entire life driving truck.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Caledonia; two children, Daniel (Norene) Schwirtz and Lisa Schwirtz (Mark Guillaume), both of Caledonia; three grandchildren, Kari (Casey) Klug, Nichole (Chris) DeFlorian, and Michael Schwirtz, all of Caledonia; four great-grandchildren, Cameryn Klug, Karsen Klug, Kinnley Klug, Braiden DeFlorian, and one on the way; one sister, Irene (Bob) Hosch, Caledonia; his best friend, Dan “Barney” Moriarty, Brownsville, Minn. and his dog, Maggie.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Michael; his brother, Buck; one sister, Margaret Pitts; and one niece, Judy Schwirtz.
In accordance with Gene’s wishes, his body will be cremated and no services are being planned. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.