Eugene Charlie Stainbrook was born March 23, 1928 at the Methodist Hospital, Mitchell, SD to George and Mary (Bintliff) Stainbrook of Alexandria, SD. He attended a rural grade school near Alexandria for 1 year and through the eighth grade at a Milltown school. He left high school after 1½ years to work on the farm.
On June 19, 1948 he married Gertrude Muller of Roswell, SD at St. Agatha Rectory at Howard, SD. They spent the first ten years of their life together farming near Milltown. They sold the farm and lived in Minnesota for a short time where Eugene worked in a beef slaughter plant. He moved his family back to South Dakota and worked for Puetz Construction in Mitchell, SD for twenty years. In March, 1984 Eugene, Gertrude and their youngest son, David, moved to Custer, SD, where he worked at building construction for two years in Custer and another two years in Custer State Park. He took a job with the State Corrections Department, working with male youth. He continued in that position until he retired in 1993.
In August, 2003 Eugene and Gertrude returned to eastern South Dakota, making their home in Bridgewater, SD. He enjoyed working on his yard and raising a vegetable garden, visiting and playing with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude (Gen); three sons, Larry of Carson City, NV; George of Alexandria; David of Fernley, NV; four daughters, Mary Lou Stainbrook of Sioux Falls; Loretta Sorensen of Yankton; Bonita Carlson of Custer; Theresa Laufmann of Emery; twelve grandchildren; four step grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Stainbrook and his brother, Jimmie.