Gene Aylsworth

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Gene Aylsworth, 77, of Wadena, Iowa, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, August 16, 2016 at his home with his family at his side.

Francis Eugene Aylsworth was born on June 16, 1939 in Wadena, Iowa, the son of Albert Chauncey and Hazel Dorothy (Chapman) Aylsworth. He was baptized on October 16, 1949, at the Wadena Presbyterian Church. Gene graduated from Wadena High School in the Class of 1957 and continued his education at Upper Iowa University in Fayette for one year.  Gene began his work career with his father in the family house moving business during his teenage years.  He later went to work with his dad full time. After Bert’s retirement, Gene and his brothers purchased the business, Aylsworth Brothers House Movers. Gene retired in 2003 after many active years in the family business. 

Gene married Gloria Ann Eckheart on November 14, 1970, at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington.  He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington. Gene enjoyed playing softball, mushroom hunting, bass fishing on the Volga River and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.  In his retirement, Gene enjoyed his cow/calf herd on the farm.

Gene is survived by his wife: Gloria Aylsworth of Wadena; two sons, Ronald (Beth) Aylsworth and Gregory Aylsworth, all of of Wadena; daughter Patricia (Dennis) Whittle of Volga; nine grandchildren: Ashley Aylsworth, Austin Aylsworth, Taylor Whittle, Thomas Whittle, Danielle Whittle, Jamy Schumacher, Quinn Heidtbrink, Sarah Grupen and Tyler Grupen; four great-grandchildren:  Sterling Schumacher, Mia Heidtbrink, Rumi Schumacher and Milo Begeny; two brothers:  Douglas (Rhonda) Aylsworth of Wadena and David (Rebecca) Aylsworth of Wadena; sister Gloria (Patrick) Ashby of Des Moines and many nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Daniel Aylsworth on February 9, 1969, and a daughter: Dorothy Jeanne Aylsworth on May 9, 2016. 

Visitation was Sunday, August 21, from  4 to 7 p.m. at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Arlington, and for one hour before the service at the church on Monday. The memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington, with Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating. Inurnment was at Wadena Cemetery, Wadena, Iowa.

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