Gene Arnold Gruenig, age 84, died Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Mesquite, Nevada, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 10, 1935 in Platte, South Dakota to Ruben and Elizabeth Anne Mahaney Gruenig, and grew up in Platte.
After graduation from Platte High School in 1953, he entered the Unites States Navy, and while stationed at San Diego he married Glenda Thayer.They then moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, where they raised their family . On April 7, 1983 he married Marilyn Ruth Hanson (Weaver) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gene enjoyed a career driving trucks across our great nation, including Alaska. He lived in Billings, Montana for thirty four years and was proud to be honored by Raymond Corcoran Trucking for 20 years of dedicated work at their company. Gene retired and moved to Mesquite, Nevada five years ago where he loved getting daily exercise walking his little dog, Sammi, and the social contact they had at the dog park. Gene was an avid sports fan and loved football and baseball.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn; one son and two daughters: Keith (Sandra); Kim Guerra; Kelene Zamora, all of Rapid City, South Dakota; one step-son and two step-daughters, Bart (Carol) Weaver and Debbie (Link) Thompson of Gordon, Nebraska; and Shelley Weaver of Sturgis, South Dakota. He was also survived by twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Myrna (Frank) Johnson of Bovey, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kelly, two brothers and son-in-law, Mario Guerra.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Virgin Valley Mortuary, 320 E. Old Mill Road, Mesquite, NV. A Celebration of Life for Gene will be held in Rapid City, SD on Sept. 20th at the TREA Building, 1981 Centre St., 1:00 to 4:00, with a special tribute at 2:00. Friends and family are invited to sign our online guest book at www.virginvalleymortuary.com.
Interment will be at a later date at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, Nebraska.
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