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September 19, 1927 - April 26, 2011

Eugene T. Bissen, 83, of Caledonia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Caledonia Care and Rehab in Caledonia.

He was born September 19, 1927 in LaCrosse, WI to Nicholas and Sophia (Graf) Bissen. He served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Navy. Gene married Doris Blank May 22, 1948 at St. Peters Catholic Church, Hokah. He went into business with Roger Koel and owned and operated Caledonia Oil for a number of years. After selling the business he started wood working and was active doing wood projects until his health required him to stop recently. He enjoyed hunting, he was a member of Loveless Eikens American Legion Post 191 in Caledonia, and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia.

He is survived by his wife, Doris of Caledonia; a daughter, Jeanette (Anthony) Potter of Tucson, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Gabriel and Timothy Potter and Michael and Susanna Bissen; 5 great grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Lillian) Bissen of Caledonia; a sister, Mary Rita VonArx of Houston, MN; 2 sisters in law, Bernetta Bissen of Hokah and Florence Bissen of LaCrosse.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Thomas, 3 brothers, Raymond, Joseph, and Warren and a sister, Catherine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am, Sat. April 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Gregory Leif will offciate and burial with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday at Holy Family Hall, next to St.Mary's Church with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Sat. A luncheon will follow the service Saturday at St. Mary's school auditorium, McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family with arrangements.

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