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January 20, 2022

Eugene R. Cate

Eugene R. Cate, age 60 of Belleville, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at UW-Hospital in Madison, with family by his side. He was born on March 23, 1961 in Madison, the son of Paul and Joanne (Ace) Cate.

Gene graduated from Belleville High School in 1979, and continued his education at MATC-Madison earning a degree in Machine Tooling in 1981. On August 24, 1985, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lori Kehl, at Zion Lutheran Church in Columbus, WI. Gene proudly owned and operated Cate Machine and Welding in Belleville with his family. He was a founding member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Verona. Gene loved the outdoors, spending many hours hunting, fishing, hiking, and biking. He was able to pass along those traditions to his sons and grandchildren. Gene's energetic personality was reflected by his wardrobe with the brightly colored shirts he was known to wear. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Gene is survived by his wife, Lori; father, Paul; sons, Steven (Rachel) and Josh (Marisa); grandchildren, Loviala, Maverick, Conrad, and Jacob Robert. He is further survived by his brothers, Paul (Joan) Cate Jr. and Brian Cate; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Mildred Kehl; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Marianne Kehl, Sue and Rick Seavert, and Paul and Kristine Kehl; nieces; nephews; grand-nieces; and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanne, in 2017; and grandparents, LaVerne and Anna Cate, Byron Ace, and Gene and Regina Koselke.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6705 Wesner Lane, Verona, WI. Pastor Nathan Strutz will officiate. Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Verona.

The Becker-Beal Funeral Home of Belleville is assisting the family.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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