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Eugene Mansager

April 4, 1930-March 22, 2012

Eugene Ray "Skip" Mansager, 81, of Vergas, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo.

A celebration of his life is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at the United Methodist Church in Vergas, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Lunch will be hosted following the service for all to attend.

Visitation will also be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the United Methodist Church in Vergas, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Furey Funeral Home, Vergas, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

Eugene was born to Melvin and Faith (Light) Mansager on April 4, 1930 in Fenton, Iowa. He grew up and attended school in Fenton, where he graduated from high school. Eugene was married to Francis Lorraine Detling of Blackduck, Minn., in 1950.

The couple was blessed with five children and they resided in Fenton until 1962, when they moved to Blackduck. While there, he attended Bemidji State College and received a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1965, they moved to Fargo, where they lived until 1993. During that time, Eugene worked as a research biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at North Dakota State University.

Eugene and Lorraine retired on Loon Lake, near Vergas. Eugene was a member of the Vergas Lions Club and assisted with the Loon Lake Association. He was a member of the Vergas United Methodist Church. He loved to fish, hunt and play a game of cribbage. He truly loved his family, grandchildren and his friends.

Eugene's life was dedicated to research and development and he found it important to give back to science. He generously willed his body to the University of North Dakota Deeded Body Program.

Surviving Eugene are his two sons, Michael of West Fargo and Melvin (Sydni) of Pelican Rapids; two daughters, Pat (Brian) Femling of Baxter, Minn., and Julie (Darrel) Reiter of West Fargo; one sister, Dolores (Harlan) Eimers of Fairmont, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Francis Lorraine; and a daughter, Gwendolyn.