Mr. Eugene "Gene" Muehlenthaler

  • Born: August 1, 1931
  • Died: December 14, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Eugene William was born August 1, 1931 to John and Augusta Muehlenthaler in Sheldahl, IA. He was baptized and confirmed in the faith at Salem United Church of Christ in Alleman, IA. He spent most of his school years in Ankeny and graduated from Ankeny High School in 1949. In the summer of that year he was stricken with Polio and was hospitalized for 6 months at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.

In June of 1952 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Chesnut and they were blessed with 2 children, Jill and Jack.

Gene spent most of his working years (43) selling cars at various dealerships in and around Ankeny; Ankeny Motors (Ford), Jerry Bucklin Chevrolet, Dale Miller Ford and Beneventi Chevrolet and in Des Moines as Used Car Sales Manager for Bob Brown Chevrolet.

After retirement, he and Phyllis spent many enjoyable winters in Mesa, AZ to escape the cold and snow in Iowa. Gene enjoyed coffee with his many friends, and he was an avid NASCAR fan, both live and on TV. He also enjoyed playing cards and he and Phyllis played in the same card club for nearly 60 yrs. Gene enjoyed sending greeting cards to friends and family and did so often, (15 to 20 per month) and enclosed personal notes in each.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; children, Jill (Don) Price of Ankeny and Jack Muehlenthaler of San Francisco; 2 grandchildren, D.J. (Deanna) Price and Angela Price and a great granddaughter, Kayleigh Price, all of Ankeny; 1 sister, Shirley (Francis) Carr and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John.

Memorials may be directed to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Phyllis and Family,
Alan & I send you our sincere sympathy. We respected & enjoyed Gene a great deal, as did our parents, and pretty much everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I thoroughly enjoyed some chats with Gene while he coffeed at HyVee, but not nearly as often as I wish I had! Such a genuine & sincere & friendly man. He loved people & they could feel it. His interest in people was confirmed when I read that he personally reached out to people with hand written consistently. What a credit & reflection of who he was. I pray that God will give you strength & peace in the days ahead. This Christmas may you focus on our savior & Gene's return home in glory, rather than his absence from your home & our town.

Posted by Denise & Alan Jones - Ankeny, IA   December 21, 2019

Worked with Gene several years, rest in piece my friend.

Posted by JOSIE MORIN - Dallas Center, IA   December 18, 2019

To all the Muehlenthaler family,
I am so sad to here of Gene's passing. He was a wonderful man that was respected in Ankeny for many years. I also have memories of younger years when Gene, Jack and myself would travel to car shows!!! Always a class act!!!! He will be dearly missed!!!

Ron Cox

Posted by Ron Cox - Ankeny, IA - Acquaintance   December 18, 2019

Sorry for your loss.Robert and Peggy Ault

Posted by Robert Ault - Elkhart, IA   December 18, 2019

So sorry to hear of your father passing away. I always remember him as a kind and soft spoken man. I always enjoyed visiting with him at church. May God give you peace in this time of sorrow

Posted by Jimmy Kelly - Ankeny, IA   December 16, 2019