Eugene “Gene” Driscoll, age 80, of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND.
Gene was born on December 1, 1934 in Grand Forks to Ansel and Bernice (Gjovik) Driscoll. He grew up in East Grand Forks and graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN. He then attended the Hanson Mechanical School in Fargo, ND. He married Elizabeth “Bette” Corbid in East Grand Forks on November 5, 1955, and together they had seven children. He owned and operated the 220 Motor Clinic and then worked for Vern Hagen Farms. He later worked for International Harvester, Red River Cement, the Grand Forks City bus, and was a bus inspector for Transit Resource Company. He married Sharon Dahlin in East Grand Forks on December 23, 1995.
Gene enjoyed spending time with his family and was a 30-year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in East Grand Forks. Gene’s mechanical skills were so well honed that he could usually diagnose problems with the family cars just by listening to strange sounds over the phone. One of his favorite sayings was “It can’t be too hard; all those other guys are doing it,” and with that attitude, he built several houses from scratch (and used a whole lot of nails).
Gene is survived by his wife, Sharon of East Grand Forks; children, Timothy Gene Driscoll of Grand Forks, ND; Chuck (Gayle) Driscoll of West Fargo; Nadine (Mike) Paplow of Park Rapids, MN; Polly (Jon) Tack of Antioch, IL; Erin (Greg) Anderson of Stillwater, MN; Beth (Pat) Osowski of Oshkosh, WI; Katy (Kris) Stokke of Spirit Lake, IA; step children, Karen (Jim) Gowan of Mesa, AZ; and Laurie (Gale) Pawlowski of Mahnomen, MN; 18 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Marge Nienaber of Canton, GA; brothers, Richard (Mary) Driscoll of East Grand Forks; Dale (Esther) Driscoll of St. Clair, MN; Larry Driscoll of Sun City, AZ; and Scott Driscoll of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leon and Dennis Driscoll, and grandson Joshua Gowan. Grand Forks, MN
Memorial Service: 10:30 am ~ Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 with additional visitation time one hour before services.
Visitation: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm ~ Friday, July 10, 2015 at Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 with a prayer service at 6:30 pm.
Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN
Online Guestbook: www.dandahlfuneralhome.com
Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota