Eugene Proefrock

Eugene “Gene” Proefrock, a longtime resident of Grafton, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, surrounded by his loving children at the age of 89 years.

Gene was born on March 27, 1933, in Thiensville, the son of the late Edwin Proefrock and the late Dora (nee Paske) Proefrock.

He was later united in marriage to Beverly Hilgart on Dec. 29, 1965, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton.  Together their marriage was blessed with five children.

Gene served his country in the U.S.  Army until he was honorably discharged in 1955.

Gene went on to work for Wm. Hilgart & Sons Excavating business, where he was a faithful employee for over 35 years.

Gene is survived by his children James Proefrock, Richard (Marlo) Proefrock and Judy Mueller; grandchildren Dana (Jonathan) Feld, Nathan Alvarez, Gerad Proefrock, Maggie Proefrock, Kyle Proefrock, Abigail Proefrock, Luke Proefrock, Paige Proefrock, Mackenzie Mueller and Nicholas Mueller; great-grandchildren Madeline, Oliver and Eden Feld, Fred, Molly and Claire Alvarez and Cleo Jean Proefrock; sister Carol (the late Vic) Lentz, many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his beloved wife Beverly Proefrock, sons Michael Proefrock and Tom Proefrock, brothers Donald (Mercedes “Mitzi”) Proefrock, Gerald (Darlene) Proefrock and Harvey (Loretta) Proefrock and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Marceline (Leroy) Paulin, Marvelle (Bob) Eernisse, Beatrice (Al) Blank, Valeria Hilgart, Marilyn (Leonard) Clemins, William (Dolores) Hilgart, Frances (Dorothy) Hilgart and James (Lucy) Hilgart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., Grafton. Gene will be in state on Thursday at the church from 2 until 4:45 p.m.

He will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Beverly, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, in Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials of your choice are appreciated.

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