Eugene “Gene” Ada­movich, age 72, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, Wis., died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Aspirus Hos­pital in Wausau.

He was born Dec. 26, 1947, in Rhinelander, Wis., to parents, Frank and Gladys Adamovich.

Frank and Gladys owned and operated Frankie’s North Side Grocery where Gene and his brothers grew up and honed their work ethic and customer-service skills, laying the foundation for Gene’s ability as a skilled and engaging conversationalist.

Gene graduated from Eagle River High School in 1966, served with the National Guard, and enjoyed a rewarding career with Wisconsin Public Service, retiring in 2006.

Throughout his life, Gene enjoyed all things outdoors and was an avid sportsman. He loved the outdoors where he could be close to nature surrounded by the forests, the lakes and wildlife he loved. Gene shared his love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren, instilling in them the same love and respect for nature.

Gene was a gifted writer, composing detailed reports and summaries of home Falcon hockey games for the Vilas County News-Review and penning poems for people and events close to him.

Gene was a longtime member of Eagle River’s Community Bible Church and shared his love of God by regularly greeting attendants and sharing his faith by delivering sermons to nursing homes in the surrounding area.

He married Patricia “Pat” on Sept. 28, 1991. Together they enjoyed cheering on their grandchildren in their sporting events, watching Packers and Brewers games, family game nights, traveling, spending time at the lake and above all, spending time with family.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and niece, Krystal Adamovich.

He is survived by children, Clint (Sara) Adamovich and Jared Adamovich of Eagle River; Troy (Danielle) Jensen of Tampa, Fla., Dale (Bonnie) Jensen of League City, Texas, and Kim (Bob) Jensen of Houston, Texas; and grandchildren, Gavin, Avery, Berklee, Lindsey, Tyler, Morgan, Johnathan, Micah, Shadran and Blaire.

Gene is further survived by his two brothers, Ron (Debbie) Adamovich and Mike (Kim) Adamovich of Eagle River; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Gene’s life will be celebrated at a private gathering in the summer months.

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.

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