ST. STEPHENS - A funeral service for Eugene J. "Gene" Monroe, 59, will be held at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 21, 2006, at St. Stephens Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Arapaho Cemetery at St. Stephens.

He died of natural causes while working in the Wind River Mountains on Dec. 15, 2006.

He was born June 5, 1947, and was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. He attended elementary school at St. Stephens Indian Mission and graduated from St. Stephens High School with the class of 1966.

After high school, he moved his family to Englewood, Calif., where he attended Western States College of Engineering in 1966.

After receiving his degree there, he worked at Datel in Riverton from 1968 to 1970. In 1972, he went to work for Federal-American Partners as a surveyor's technician for 11 years.

From 1983 until his death, he was employed as a civil engineer technician by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Roads Department on the Wind River Reservation.

On Oct. 1, 1966, he married Geraldine Smith at St. Stephens.

He was a member of the St. Stephens Indian School Board of Education for more than 20 years. He was active as vice chairman of Sky People Higher Education for more than 25 years, and served as a board member for the new Wind River Tribal College.

He enjoyed watching basketball, football and baseball and was an avid fan of his children and grandchildren when they played basketball and baseball. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and most importantly, going to the mountains.

As a graduate of St. Stephens Indian Mission, he enjoyed watching the Eagles play basketball all of his life.

He was an avid collector of rocks and sticks. He enjoyed spending time with his family and the Monroe household was always filled with laughter and fun.

Survivors include his wife of Riverton, sons, Eugene "Jay" Monroe, Erron Monroe, Jarron Monroe and Darron Monroe, all of Riverton; daughters, Elberta "Berta" Monroe of Tucson, Ariz., Mary Fanrenbruck of Tucson, Eugenia "Genia" Monroe of Riverton, Elaine Monroe Sisneros of Casper, Erica Monroe Engavo and her husband of Fort Washakie and adopted daughter, Shirley Lango and her husband of Casper; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen Parrick; grandfather, Horalus "Vincent" Brown; grandmother, Katie B. Brown; brother, Dennis D. Monroe; sister, Agnes L. Brown; uncles, an aunt, nephews, grandmother, Cora Manderson; great-grandfather, Cole Bearing and adopted brothers, Patrick Durgin and Louis Perea.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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