Eugene P. Yenter


Eugene Paul Yenter, of Preston MN, born April 9th, 1935 to Harry and Martha Yenter of Oxford Iowa, the second of six sons, passed away on April 13th, 2024.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 64+ years, Carole (Spivey), children Cheryl Yenter and David Briars, Paul and Lori Yenter, Virginia Yenter and Bill Yanowsky, Ruth Yenter and Daniel Yenter. His beloved grandchildren also survive him John and Sara Yenter-Briars, Emma Yenter Yanowsky, Gwendolynn and Sheridan Yenter, and his brothers John and Allan Yenter. He was preceded in death by his son Larry Yenter.

Gene served two years in the Army before beginning his career in computer science. In 1976, he moved his family to southeastern MN to follow his dream of owning a farm. In addition to being an active participant in local and state government, he was a faithful member of the 1st Baptist Church of Preston, MN for 47 years. Gene was always curious; he was fascinated by technology and tinkering. He could fix almost anything. He loved to help his neighbors and work on his ‘57 Ford Fairlane retirement project. He enjoyed travel and had a strong sense of adventure. Even at 89 years of age Gene left us far too soon and will be sorely missed.

Services will be held on April 23rd at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church in Preston MN. Visitation one hour prior to service. Officiant is Pastor Stuart Weist. Lunch will be served after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The First Baptist Church of Preston.

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6 thoughts on “Eugene P. Yenter

  1. Carol and family,
    I was saddened to hear of Gene’s passing. May your precious memories comfort you. Gene always had a wonderful smile on his face and that is etched in my memory. I can see him and Larry standing side by side smiling and loving on all of you and comforting you. Love and hugs!!!

  2. My deepest and most sincere sympathies to Gene and Carole’s family. I admire Gene’s desire to stay active and fit. I will miss his soft gentle smile. He was a great inspiration! As Gene journeys into the sunset of his earthly life may you all find peace. We will truly miss you!✝️❤️

  3. DAD without your guidance I don’t know where my life would have gone. Thank you for all you did for me and our whole family. Say hi to Larry for us. We will try to carry on the way you taught us to. We loved you and knew you loved us too.

  4. Our hearts and prayers are with you Yenter clan. We enjoyed meeting Gene & Carole on trips to Mankato to drop off Ruth. His smile radiated kindness and it was always a pleasure to see them both and have a chat.
    May your fond memories bring you comfort and peace.
    With love,
    Sara, Bryan and Charlotte Andersen

  5. Our deepest sympathies to Carole and family. Cherish those memories and we will miss him at exercise.
    Maribeth Garteski and Darlene McGuire

  6. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Yenter family. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Gene, his daughter Cheryl and her family have been such a blessing to our family and our larger community for many years. I can only imagine what a loving and positive presence Gene and Carole have been in Cheryl’s life to have raised a woman who so generously shares her talents with those around her. Wishing you all the comfort of good memories and some small joy as you gather together in remembrance of Gene.

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