Obit: Stigen, Gene Allen (1932 - 2002)

Contact: Gerald Gorsegner

Surnames: Stigen, Kolodzie, Widmer

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 06/??/2002 Stigen, Gene Allen (18 FEBRUARY 1932 - 25 JUNE 2002)


Gene A. Stigen, 70 rural Withee, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002 from injuries sustained in a car accident.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 28, 2002, 10:00 a.m. at St. Hedwig’s Chapel, Thorp. Visitation will be Friday at St. Hedwig’s Chapel from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Transcriber’s Notes: • Father: Frank Carl Stigen (11 Jan 1895 - 29 Jan 1975) • Mother: Amelia Widmer (5 Apr 1905 - 14 Jan 1976) • Wife: Patricia L. (Kolodzie) (13 Jan 1931 - 16 Sep 1995) • Survivors: Larry and Sherry Stigen • Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation • See Original Certificate of Death Vol. 59, page 253

(Additional Article on Gene's death)

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 06/??/2002

Clark County authorities are investigating the death of a seventy year-old rural Withee man who died early Tuesday morning. June 25, 2002, as a result of an apparent traffic incident. Authorities were notified at approximately 3:10 a.m. that a vehicle was on fire on Sterling Avenue south of Highway 29, in the Town of Reseburg. Upon reaching the scene, Sheriff’s Deputies and the Thorp Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department found the body of a man inside the vehicle.

Investigation at the scene indicates that a vehicle driven by Gene A. Stigen, 70 of N14527 Sterling Avenue, Withee, left the roadway on Sterling Avenue, which is located about five miles east of Thorp. Tracks at the scene show that the vehicle came to rest in a field after the driver made some attempts to exit the ditch/field area. At this time, it is unknown whether the vehicle was actually stuck. It appears as though the driver remained in the vehicle, allowing it to run. At the scene, it appeared that the vehicle caught fire after tall grass ignited near the vehicle. No one else was in the vehicle with the deceased. The death of the man is believed to have been caused by the fire.



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