Eugene P. “Gene” “Butch” Preiner, 88 formerly of Woodland, died Friday, Apr. 16 th at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton with his family by his side. Gene was born Dec. 1, 1932 in Duluth to Anthony and Rose Preiner. He worked at Calvary Cemetery and as a laborer and truck driver for Cutler Magner for many years. He was a faithful member of St. John’s Church. Gene loved to fish, hunt, woodwork, and play cards, especially cribbage. He enjoyed making people laugh, rooting for the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings, scenic car rides, spending time with his family and helping them with home improvement projects.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary; daughter and her husband, Sharon and Don LaLonde; granddaughter, Kelly LaLonde; siblings, Mildred, Eleanor, Gerald, Clarence and Irene; and special friend, Joyce.
Gene is survived by his children, Rosemary (Wayne) Larsen, Gerald (Rose) Preiner, Jeff (Kim) Preiner and Teresa (Douglas) Royer; 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren with one more on the way, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A special thank you to Diamond Willow in Cloquet for their loving care of Gene, and Tina for her loving care of her grandpa in his last days.
Please consider making a donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in honor of Gene's memory: https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html
Private family services will be live streamed on the Dougherty Funeral Home Duluth’s Facebook page starting at 10:55 AM on Monday, April 26 th . Burial at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2 nd St. Duluth, MN, (218) 727-3555.