Gene D. Skarsten

Gene Dale Skarsten, 74, of East Grand Forks, MN passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.

Gene was born March 6th, 1947, in Grand Forks, ND to Albert (Pops) and Gwen (Thoreson)

Skarsten. He was raised on Walnut Street with his 5 siblings. In 1965, prior to graduating high

school, he enlisted in the Air Force and was on active duty stateside during the Vietnam war.

While in the Air Force he earned his GED and after serving 4 years, Gene began his career

working in hardware. He worked at Simonson Lumber and Hardware for over 30 years where he shared jokes with customers daily. On June 11th, 1976, he married Linda Boushey at Sacred

Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, MN. Together they had two daughters, Milissa and  Amy.

Gene was a great musician, spending most of his life playing in bands as a talented guitarist and singer. He was an avid collector of music memorabilia that he gained in the many

meetings he had with the country music icons he admired. He displayed his prize collection in

his bar in the garage where he spent his time listening to music and tipping back a cold beer.

Gene also loved fishing, spending time with his family, especially his grandsons,

nieces and nephews. Hanging out with his dogs and watching the weather channel were another of his favorite pastimes.

He is survived by his wife Linda and daughters Milissa (Ryan) Van Eps of East Grand Forks, MN, and Amy (Dave) Bohlman of Hatton, ND; Two grandsons Jace and Evan Van Eps; Sisters Linda (Tim) Holmstrom, Judy (John) Brewinski, Patty (Duane) Goebel and brother Al Skarsten as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law Joan and Terry

Syvertson and sister-in-law Karen Mason.

Memorial Service: 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN. Memorial service will be livestreamed at on Gene’s obituary page.

Visitation: On Hour Prior Funeral Service on Saturday at Dahl Funeral Home.

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Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, MN

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