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Published February 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Eugene Outka

Eugene W. Outka, age 77 of Detroit Lakes, MN died Sunday February 24, 2013 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.

Gene was born October 10, 1936, the son of Walter and Ethel (Jennings) in Hettinger, ND. He grew up and graduated in Hettinger. He went onto college and then into the Army. Along the way he met and married Karen Gaugler of Lemmon, SD. They were united in marriage in Kitzgen Germany on December 19th 1959 were Gene was stationed in the Army. They lived there for 2 years and then returned home to start a family. They made Fargo their home and Gene went to work for Muscatell selling cars. They also called Detroit Lakes, MN their second home. They relocated to Detroit Lakes where Gene bought Lakes Ford. After years of owning the dealership he sold and went to work traveling to numerous car dealerships as new/used car manager. Upon retiring they bought a home on Lakes Melissa and spent winters in Mesa, AZ.

Eugene Outka

Eugene W. Outka, age 77 of Detroit Lakes, MN died Sunday February 24, 2013 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.

Gene was born October 10, 1936, the son of Walter and Ethel (Jennings) in Hettinger, ND. He grew up and graduated in Hettinger. He went onto college and then into the Army. Along the way he met and married Karen Gaugler of Lemmon, SD. They were united in marriage in Kitzgen Germany on December 19th 1959 were Gene was stationed in the Army. They lived there for 2 years and then returned home to start a family. They made Fargo their home and Gene went to work for Muscatell selling cars. They also called Detroit Lakes, MN their second home. They relocated to Detroit Lakes where Gene bought Lakes Ford. After years of owning the dealership he sold and went to work traveling to numerous car dealerships as new/used car manager. Upon retiring they bought a home on Lakes Melissa and spent winters in Mesa, AZ.

Gene touched many lives. Usually through a car sale. He was quick with a joke and was an excellent salesman. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and listening to classical music. He belonged to many organizations; Mason's, El Zegal's (where he played trombone in the band), local Rotary and Square and Compass in AZ.

Memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, MN Saturday March 9th at 11:00. Survivors: daughter, Stacy (Richard) Holmes, grandson, Tony Anderson, step-granddaughters, Caity & Samy Holmes, sisters, Marie, Dorothy & Betty. He is proceeded in death by his wife, Karen, son, Craig, brother, Roger and his parents.

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