Eugene Patzlaff


June 2, 1927 - February 16, 2008




Eugene F. (Gene) Patzlaff was born June 2nd, 1927 to Frank and Dora (Rodenberg) Patzlaff in Hanson County, South Dakota.  He spent his first eight years of grade school at Springlake Independent #20 and graduated from Farmer High School in 1945.  He was baptized and confirmed in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at Spencer, SD and was a member there serving on the church council for a number of years.  On March 6, 1949 he married Elsie Klinger at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.  They continued to make that their church home until a tornado destroyed the church in 1998; they then transferred to First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD and have made that their church home since.  He was on the Springlake Township Board for a number of years and lived on the same farm for nearly eighty years. 


Gene is survived by his wife, Elsie; four sons:  Don (Dixie) Patzlaff, Alexandria, SD, Larry Patzlaff, Alexandria, SD, Morris (Roxanne) Patzlaff, Sioux Falls, SD, Jeff (Martha) Patzlaff, Platte, SD; his brother, Orval Patzlaff, Mitchell, SD; his sisters-in-law, Beth Patzlaff, Lincoln, CA, Ruth Eilts, Mitchell, SD, Betty (Don) O’Neill, Fulton, SD and Mary (Court) Hall, Fulton, SD; eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers:  Therman, Vernon, Jesse, Claude, Kenneth Patzlaff; sisters:  Edna Patzlaff and Florence Bertelson; sisters-in-law:  Helen Patzlaff, Katherine Patzlaff, Barbara Patzlaff; and brothers-in-law:  Robert Bertelson and Verne Eilts.



Friday, February 22, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, February 23, 2008
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Spencer Cemetery ~ 1:00 PM
Spencer, South Dakota

Posted by Breanda & Mick Patzlaff on March 21, 2008
it was very tradgic hearing the news but now hes in a much better place god bless you Eugene
Posted by tyra patzlaff on March 21, 2008
i will miss my great uncle gene alot
Posted by Caroline Kunkel on February 24, 2008
Don and Dixie--God Bless all your family in the days ahead.
Posted by Alice (Roster) Newsam on February 21, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the good memories and happy times bring you some comfort now and in the days ahead.
Posted by Jacki Sweisberger (Kunkel) on February 21, 2008
Don and Dixie--our thoughts are with you at this time of loss. God Bless you and all of your family.
Posted by Ted Powell-Yankton on February 21, 2008
Jeff and Family-I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
at this very difficult time.
Posted by Beth Patzlaff, Bill & Janet Wolden on February 21, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Debora Schuetter on February 21, 2008
Dear Elsie and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, wish I could be there to give you a big hug and help. God Bless you all. Deb, Danny
Posted by sharon tiesze on February 21, 2008
Elsie, I'm been thinking about you since I heard about Gene. I hope you are well, and I hope you will take care of yourself during this difficult time. I will be in touch. Volunteer, Sanford Cander Center
Posted by Cheryl & Greg Anderson on February 21, 2008
my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family Morris and Roxanne let me know if there is anything we can do god bless you all.
Posted by Roster Farms on February 20, 2008
Elsie and Boys - our thoughts and prayers are with you. My The Good Lord quickly heal your hearts and injuries.
Posted by Kent & Jacque Atkinson on February 20, 2008
Deepest Sympathy for the family. Gene will be missed.
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