Eugene passed away August 9, 2019 peacefully in his home from natural causes. Gene was born August 4, 1931 at his family’s farm in Scottland, SD to Henry “Hank” and Freida Dahn.
In 1939, his family moved to Rapid City, SD where he grew up and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Lethcoe. They married in 1950, before Gene joined the Air Force. Gene and Shirley had 4 children; Ken, Linda, Mark and Laurie. Linda passed away due to Spina Bifida shortly after her birth.
Gene and his family traveled to many places around the nation during his time in the Air Force. He traveled to many countries on various deployments and retired from the Air Force in 1975 as a Senior Master Sargent.
Gene and Shirley returned to Rapid City and he began his second career as an owner/broker at Flack Hoffman Real Estate. After 20 years, Gene and Shirley retired “for good.” They spent many years traveling, snowbirding in Arizona and spending time with family before Shirley’s death in 2007. Gene continued to spend his winters in Apache Junction, AZ where he met his second love, Karin Bentzen. Due to their failing health, Gene and Karin moved to Sheridan to be close to family in 2017. Gene greatly appreciated his home at Brookdale (now Elmcroft) cottages and driving his great-grandchildren around on his scooter.
Gene was a pillar in his family, bestowing respect, hard work, determination and commitment on future generations. His family was always his biggest priority and focus. Gene was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by all that had an opportunity to know him.
Gene was preceeded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda; wife, Shirley; son, Ken; son-in-law, Ray and Significant Other, Karin.
Gene is survived by his children, Mark Dahn and Laurie Walsh and their respective families and by some cousins and distant family and many friends.
Gene will be buried at Black Hills National Cemetery, 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with full retiree military honors and laid to rest with his wife and daughter.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com. Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.