Eugene Ray "Skip" Mansager, age 81, of Vergas, MN, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.
A celebration of his life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Vergas, MN. Visitation will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Vergas, MN with a prayer service to be held at 7:30. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Lunch will be hosted following the service for all to attend.
Eugene was born April 4, 1930, in Fenton, Iowa to Melvin and Faith (Light) Mansager. He grew up and attended school in Fenton where he graduated from high school. Eugene was married to Francis Lorraine Detling of Blackduck, MN in 1950. The couple was blessed with 5 children and they resided in Fenton until 1962 when they moved to Blackduck. There, he attended Bemidji State College and received a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1965, they moved to Fargo, ND where they lived until 1993. During that time, Eugene worked as a research biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at North Dakota State University.
Eugene and Lorraine retired on Loon Lake, near Vergas. Eugene was a member of the Vergas Lions Club and assisted with the Loon Lake Association. He was a member of the Vergas United Methodist Church. He loved to fish, hunt, and play a game of cribbage. He truly loved his family, grandchildren and his friends.
Gene's life was dedicated to research and development and he found it important to give back to science. He generously willed his body to the University of North Dakota Deeded Body Program.
Eugene is survived by his 2 sons: Michael of West Fargo, ND, Melvin (Sydni) of Pelican Rapids, MN; 2 daughters: Pat (Brian) Femling of Baxter, MN, Julie (Darrel) Reiter of West Fargo, ND; 1 sister, Dolores (Harlan) Eimers of Fairmont, MN; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Francis Lorraine; and a daughter, Gwendolyn.