CASA GRANDE — Gene Wehe, 80, of Casa Grande died on Nov. 4, 2021.
Mr. Wehe was born in Loyal, Wisconsin, on Sept. 28, 1941, to Eugene and Alice (Schmidtke) Wehe and grew up working alongside his many brothers and sisters on the family farm. He served four years in the Air Force, where he was an air traffic controller and paratrooper. On June 6, 1964, he married Carol Richter, and they started their family. In 1968, they moved to Alaska, where he began his career as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration. He worked at various airports throughout his career, from Kotzebue to Juneau, Alaska, where he took an early retirement in the spring of 1994.
He had a passion for flying. He always had a plane while living in Alaska and loved giving rides to family and friends. After retirement, they began living the RV lifestyle. They spent much of the next 25 years traveling around the country, including annual treks to North Dakota, where he enjoyed summer work on the farm with his brother-in-law and nephew.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Kenneth, Ronnie, Roger, David, Dick and Duane, and two sisters, Karen and Shirley (Phillips). He is survived by his wife of 57 years; a son and daughter, Paul Wehe and Barbara Fiscus, both of Juneau; three brothers, Bill and Jim Wehe of Yucca Valley, California, and Mike Wehe of Janesville, Wisconsin; two sisters, Kathy Niswonger and Margaret Scheel of Marshfield, Wisconsin; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 29 at Sunscape RV Resort near Casa Grande.