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Gene Richard Magnuson

Gene R. Magnuson, 76, of Two Harbors, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, in St Luke’s Hospital surrounded by family.

He was born August 20, 1937, to Eugene and Lilly (Maja) Magnuson in Two Harbors where he was a life-long resident. After graduating from high school in 1955, Gene obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He later received his master’s degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin- Superior. He worked in the family’s construction business before accepting a teaching position in Superior. After four years in Superior, a position opened in Two Harbors and he was able to teach math and science for the Lake Superior School District until his retirement.

Gene loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, dance recitals, and concerts. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, golfing, and carving.

He was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Men’s Brotherhood and Sunday night Bible study, and also the Bob Beatty Carving Club. Gene was also proud of the six years he served his country as a member of the National Guard.

Gene is survived by his wife of 52 years Sandra; children and their spouses, Michael and Marcia Magnuson of Hutchinson, Laurie and Scott Adams of Two Harbors, and Susie and Mat Siekkinen of Hibbing; grandchildren, Jon and Tim Magnuson, Jeffrey and Katelyn Adams, and Austin, Alissa, Brooke, and Ty Siekkinen; and a brother, Rick (Barbara) Magnuson of Two Harbors.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Two Harbors. To sign the online register book please visit