He married Beverly Petersen on October 1, 1955, in Jackson, MN. They made their home in Marathon, Iowa where they raised their family. He worked for the City of Marathon in the maintenance department and worked part-time as a night watchman for the city. He then became self-employed as an electrician for several years before owning and operating Gene & Sons DX Station. Farmers Coop Association purchased the station and Gene worked there until his retirement.
In his retirement he worked at the Clay County Fairgrounds. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing boating, camping, going to car races and watching the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Cowboys. He was always a big help in the kitchen with baking and cooking. He just liked to stay busy. He was especially proud of the fact that he and Beverly constructed their home in Marathon in 1984. But most of all he loved attending his grandchildren’s activities.
Eugene passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, IA, at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his, parents; his wife Beverly in 2021; his great-grandson Luke Aronson; his siblings: Evelyn Sandvig, Charlene Sanden, Rosemary Dershem, Raymond Sandvig, Robert Sandvig, Dorothy Pellant and Kenneth Sandvig.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Rick (Sally) Sandvig of Spencer, IA, Pat MacGregor (Jeff) of Spencer, IA, Connie Aronson (Larry) of Hudson, IA and Randy (Cathy) of Rowlett, TX; 14 grandchildren: Bobby (Brandy) Sandvig, Mike Sandvig, Sarah (Bryan) Larson, Amy (Aaron) MacGregor, Tracie (Joe) Call, Jodi MacGregor, Andy (Lindsey) Aronson, Brian (Tiffany) Aronson, Kyle (Becca) Aronson, Bradley Aronson, Abby Sandvig, Maddie Sandvig and Brenner Sandvig; 13 great-grandchildren: Brysen Sandvig, Easton Larson, Isaiah Gallegos, Ali Call, Camdyn, Brant, and Halle Aronson, Brooke, Maya, and Cara Aronson, Berkley, Callahan and Wells Aronson; sisters-in-law Dorothy Sandvig and Ellen Sandvig; brothers-in-law Dwaine Petersen and Keith Struss, sister-in-law Janet Struss and other relatives and friends.