Greg Allen Genzlinger, 73, was born on Sept. 2, 1947 in Canova, SD to Gordon and Geraldine Genzlinger.
Greg passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD from a short battle with stage 4 lung cancer that spread to the brain. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Elkton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.11, 2021, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings with burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Howard, SD. The funeral will be able to be viewed at www.mountcalvary1.org and on Mount Calvary’s Facebook page.
Greg grew up with his siblings, Winston, Mona, and Janeen, on the family farm southeast of Howard, SD. He was active in cultivating the land and gained a great appreciation for the outdoors. While living at home on the family farm, Greg attended St. John Lutheran Church, where he was both baptized and confirmed.
Greg and Pat (Hegdahl) were married on Aug. 10, 1968. The following year, Greg graduated from Dakota State University. They decided to take their adventure westward and Greg started teaching math courses in the Winner School District from 1969 to 2003. They were active members of Christ Lutheran Church in Winner. Two daughters were born into the family, Dawn, in April of 1971 and Robin, in October of 1977. Greg spent many hours with the girls trying to instill his love of nature.
Through the years, Greg gained two amazing sons-in-law, Jim Reedy and Luke Hemmen. A lot of time was spent with these guys…teaching both of them how to catch a mighty musky. Greg and Pat gained six grandchildren from these marriages and his grandkids were Greg’s pride and joy. He attended countless football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, track, cross-country, concerts, band, and theater events. He would always show up supporting the kids and their team colors. It was easy to see how much he loved and adored his grandkids…you just had to look at his face. His life revolved around his grandkids.
We all know he had a great love for fishing and hunting. Spring and summer were spent on ponds, lakes, rivers, and trips to Canada. Fall and winter were reserved for pheasant and deer hunting with family and friends. He enjoyed these activities, but he enjoyed the company of his people even more. Winner, SD was their home for 47 years before they decided to move to Elkton, SD in 2016 to be closer to family.
Greg is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat. His children: Dawn (Jim) Reedy of Norfolk, NE and Robin (Luke) Hemmen of Elkton, SD. His six grandchildren: Taylor (Sydney Graver) Reedy, Sydney (Andrew) Meuret, and Grace Reedy; Jack, Malayna and Berkley Hemmen. His sister, Mona Dickhaut and brothers-in-law Mike (Dawn) and Garry (Connie) Hegdahl; and sister-in-law Carolyn Genzlinger. As well as a host of extended family and friends.
Greg is preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Geraldine; Father and Mother-in-Law, Harold and Evelyn Hegdahl; brother Winston, sister Janeen, and brother-in-law Leonard Dickhaut. He will be greatly missed and remembered always.