Gene Bourassa, 75
Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:00pm admin
Nov. 26, 1941 —
Sept. 12, 2017
Elma - Gene Bourassa, age 75, of Elma, Iowa died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wis.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Elma, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cresco, Iowa. Friends may call on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco and on Monday, at the church for an hour prior to services.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Mable Leaf Lutheran Church.
Gene was born Nov. 26, 1941 in Rolla, N.D. to Eugene and Cecile (Roberge). He attended school in Rolla and from 1963-1965 he attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.
In 1965 Gene moved to Cresco to be a draftsman for Anderson/UBC Lumber; he later was a draftsman for Spahn and Rose. In 1985 Gene, along with two partners, founded Cresco Building Services, from which he retired from in 2010.
Gene was a board member with Cresco Industrial Development Committee for over 20 years, including serving as president. He spearheaded projects such as the Cresco Fitness Center.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed camping with his family, woodworking, fishing, boating and watching his grandchildren participate in their sporting events. He enjoyed helping family and others with odd jobs.
Gene is survived by his special friend, Suzanne Holmstrom of Elma; eight children, Jackie (Bill) Cambridge of Omaha, Neb., David (Chris) Bourassa of Lime Springs, Iowa, Lori McCabe (Joe Dawley) of Decorah, Iowa, Michelle (Rick) Kutchi of Springfield, Va., Susan (Bryan) Adamson of Omaha, Brady (Tami) Foster of Cresco, Jill (Jarvis) Whitinger of Nashua, Iowa and Tara Foster of Cresco; 21 grandchildren, Sarah and Amy Cambridge, Joshua Bourassa, Tressa and Kaitlyn McCabe, Tara (Michael) Knutson, Brady and Chandler Dawley, Cameron and Jacob Kutchi, Bryanna and Samantha Adamson, Trista and Kyleigh Foster, Jasie K., Jared, Jakob and Jayla Whitinger, Brandi, Megan and Jordan Miller; four great-grandchildren, Josie, Syler, Clara and Gannon; and a sister, Lucy (Al) Jackson of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents.