Eugene E. "Gene" Dwyer, 82, peacefully passed away December 1, 2011, from complications of a stroke. He was born May 11, 1929, in Omaha, Neb. He moved to Fargo, N.D., with his family where he attended high school and college. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 1951, earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

After college, Gene's first career was working for Paper, Calmenson and Company, where he sold fabricated steel for bridges and heavy equipment in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. After retiring from Paper, Calmenson and Company, Gene moved from Duluth to Medford, Ore., where he worked as a taxpayer service representative for the IRS. He enjoyed the challenge of solving complex tax problems and helping others do the same. The IRS awarded him their sustained superior performance award for his work.

A nature lover, Gene supported conservation efforts and enjoyed watching birds and tending his garden, especially his beautiful roses. He was a handyman who could fix anything. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and loved a good barbecue. He was also a longtime member of the Elks.

Gene is survived by daughter, Ann Dwyer Tranvik, of Minneapolis, Minn.; sons, Thomas, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and James, of Duluth; two brothers, Robert, of Hopkins, and Paul, of Sun City; sister, Mary Ellen Carew, of New York, N.Y.; and six grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his former spouse, Helen; and his brother, John.

A private memorial service will be held later by family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy or National Audobon Society.