Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Eugene LeRoy Shurte, 87 of Wanatah, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019.  He was born November 20, 1931 in Wanatah to John and Grace (Schlundt) Shurte.  Gene graduated from Wanatah High School in 1949 and proudly served in the United States Army.  He worked hard as a farmer on the Shurte family farm until the late 70’s, and later made his career as the LaPorte County Highway Superintendent for 30 years.  Gene was an avid sports fan and a captivating story teller.  He especially enjoyed cheering on and encouraging his daughters and grandchildren in their many sports and activities.  Gene was a loving husband and father, who gave selflessly to his beloved community in a plethora of ways.  Gene was a member of Hanna Methodist Church, a lifetime member and 4-Term Commander of the Wanatah Legion Post 403, was involved in the Wanatah Parks Board, Wanatah Public Library Board, Cass Township School Board, Cass Township Advisory Board, Wanatah Chamber of Commerce, LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Michiana Auto Club, Masonic Lodge 192 of Westville 33rd Degree, Scottish Rite, and Orak Shrine.  Gene was the founder and creator of the Wanatah Scarecrow Festival and managed the event for 20 years.  He served passionately as the LaPorte County Fair General Manager and Director for 10 years. Gene received the Circle of Corydon award from Governor Holcomb for his years of volunteer work, and was recently presented with the Centennial and Sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead Award from the state of Indiana.  On August 24, 1957 in South Bend, Gene married Elaine Sacks, who survives, along with their daughters: Jeanine (Kirk) Hockney of Zionsville, Susan Martin of Wanatah, Sheryl (Barry) Johnson of Valparaiso, Barbara (Jim Gold) Shurte of Corpus Christi, TX, Alissa (Mike) Clemons of Wanatah; grandchildren: Ashley and Keegan Hockney, Brian (Andrea) Shurte, Mark and Alayna Johnson, Alex and Max Clemons; and great grandchildren: Luke and Lily Shurte.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and son-in-law, Gene Martin.
A visitation will be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 2:30 to 7:30 PM at Wanatah Funeral Chapel, 309 N. Main St., Wanatah.  A Celebration of Life will begin on Saturday at 10:30 AM at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Hanna Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, 422 Franklin St., Suite C, Michigan City, IN 46360. Donations will be distributed to local, charitable organizations.

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