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Gene Schleiffarth, 87, of Earlham (formerly of Greenfield)
Celebration of Life Services: Will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield with burial in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. with full military graveside rites by the Earlham American Legion Post No. 158.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Tuesday morning one hour prior to services at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Gene Schleiffarth memorial fund to be established by the family.
Eugene Roger Schleiffarth died at home in Earlham on Thursday May 24, 2018 from cancer. Eugene Roger Schleiffarth was born on August 3, 1930 in Rural Wright County, near Belmond, Iowa to Emma Harriett Nelson Schleiffarth and Arthur Richard Schleiffarth.
Eugene grew up in Earlham, Iowa, where he attended school, graduating in 1950. After graduating from Earlham High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Airman 3rd Class as a Welder. Eugene served in the United States Air Force from March 10, 1951 until his discharge June 13, 1952.
On December 17, 1966 Eugene was united in marriage to Karen Jean Perry until her death in 2012.
Eugene was employed in several professions including owning multiple businesses. They were The Earlham cafe, Greenfield Dairy Sweet, Maid-Rite and Standard station. He was a gifted Mechanic, Welder and Bus Driver.
He was a member of the Earlham Friends Church, the U. S. Air Force and the Earlham American Legion, Post 158.
Eugene loved tinkering in the garage with his grandson Jared, waxing the family car, and smoking his pipes. He cherished his small dog, Angel and loved watching “American Pickers” and the “Velocity Channel” featuring the latest in cars and motorcycles.
Eugene was preceded in Death by his parents, his wife Karen Perry Schleiffarth and daughter, Barbara Jean Noack (from a previous marriage).
He is survived by his two children, Melissa Jean (James) Kendrick and Patricia Ann (Mark) Swan and Grandson, Jared Allen Dory.