Gene LeRoy Skramstad
- Date Of Birth: March 26, 1922
- Date Of Death: March 17, 2017
- State: Montana
Gene LeRoy Skramstad, of Kalispell, MT passed away March 17, 2017.
He was born in rural Griggs County, near Cooperstown, ND on March 26, 1922 to Martin and Amanda Skramstad. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Cooperstown High School. He joined the U.S. Army and served with the 10th Mountain Division in Germany and North Africa during World War II. After he was discharged he returned to Cooperstown and married Edna G. Olson on December 8, 1945. They moved to Fargo, ND where he graduated from Dakota Business College. They lived in Fargo for a short while prior to moving to Grand Forks, ND where he was the credit manager for Nash Finch Co. They moved from Grand Forks to Minot, ND where he held many sales positions selling automobiles, farm equipment, vacuum cleaners and insurance. It was once said that he could sell a vacuum cleaner to a home without electricity. They moved to Bottineau, ND where he continued to sell automobiles and farm equipment. In 1971 they moved to Kalispell, MT where he continued to sell automobiles. He and Edna opened the El Rancho Chuck Wagon Café in 1973. In his spare time he processed wild game. He was a contributing author to the North American Hunting Club Cookbook. He was the writer and author of the Hunter’s Guide and Cookbook, and 101 Ways to fix Venison. A licensed pilot he enjoyed flying from Minot to Cooperstown to have breakfast with his Mother and Dad. An avid hunter and sportsman he loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Edna, a brother Arthur, a sister Frances and a granddaughter Shannon. He is survived by sons, Allan (Merron), Dennis, Bradley (Cindy) and a daughter Sheryl (Monte), seven grandchildren Tracy, Lisa, Scott, Jon, Erik, Cody, Ashlee, six great grandchildren and his faithful companion “Lucky”.