Aug. 2, 1939 – Aug. 31, 2018
Walter Eugene Dedeke, 79, Denison, Kansas, entered his eternal home on Aug. 31, 2018.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1939 in Concordia, Missouri, the son of Walter Christ Willhem Dedeke and Mabel Marie Roepe Dedeke.
He graduated from Warrensburg Senior High in 1957. Serving in the United States Army Reserves as an Auto Maintenance Tech from 1962-1968.
Gene owned and operated “Dedeke Brothers Garage” in Leavenworth, Kansas for 25 years with his brother, Larry.
On Oct. 20, 1963, Gene married Iva June Fail in Leavenworth, Kansas. They had two children, Tonia L. Dedeke, Easton and Terry E. Dedeke, Walnut Shade, Missouri.
He is survived by his daughter, Tonia L. Dedeke and son, Terry E. Dedeke, six grandchildren, Jennifer Hayes and husband, Tyler, Jeremy Culbertson, Aden Dedeke, Aly Dedeke, Tyler Dedeke and Chris Dedeke, four great-granchildren, Landon, Lyra, Larkyn Hayes, Alana Culbertson and unborn great-grandson Culbertson due in Jan. 2019, two brothers, Larry Dedeke and wife, Sharon, Leavenworth, Robert Dedeke and wife, Donna, Oklahoma, two sisters, Mary Bute, Lousiana and Pam Brill, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Iva June Fail Dedeke, brother-in-law, Glenn Bute and great-granddaughter due July 25, 2018, Ainsley June Hayes.
Funeral and Visitation will be held Sept. 7, 2018 at the Easton United Methodist Church, Easton, Kansas. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. with service following from 11 am – noon. A meal will be open to all immediately following service in church hall. Burial will be at the Dedeke Cemetery, Easton, Kansas.
Memorial donations can be made to the Iva June Dedeke Nursing Scholarship Fund.
Gene, despite his illness, lived everyday to its fullest potential. He was of German descent and my mother teased that his German temper and her Sioux Indian Heritage was a couple to be reckoned with. He was talented in his ability to “fix anything”. He had a positive outlook on life and great love of God. His faith was strong, he believed anything was possible and nothing was hopeless with God in your heart.
He enjoyed being a mechanic and could build a house if you knew what you wanted. He was a Christian and he loved my mother with passion. He will be remembered for his laugh, smile, faith. He had two things that he believed to make everything better if you were down; spearmint gum and candy bars. He enjoyed swisher sweets cigars and his occasional Coors light.
Rest easy my Dad, Mom was waiting for you in Heaven and now your at peace. No more searching for your love shes by your side forever. And by the way, our weekly trips to Walmart that I will forever remember “trying to keep my wife from spending money” made me smile every time you said it.