Adrian Eugene (Gene) Pourchot











ADRIAN EUGENE (Gene) POURCHOT, 93, of rural Oxford, Wisconsin, passed away quietly and peacefully in his sleep on 7/20/2022, after a long illness.

He was born October 5th, 1928, to James Harrison & Florence Ida (Cox) Pourchot of Bulpitt, Illinois, and later in rural Oxford, Wis.

Gene was a devoted husband to wife, Norma Iona (Anderson) for 67 years, who passed away nearly 6 years previously… and loving, supportive father to his seven children. He instilled a thirst for knowledge and curiosity in his children.

During Gene’s many educational sojourns across the country, his kids got to see many different states and ways of life; lots of new scenery and experiences, from the Pacific Ocean to the eastern coast of Massachusetts, and even one sight seeing trip into Canada. 🙂

Gene has helped raise 7 children, grown and sold Christmas trees with the help of his kids, started an auction school, and became a very accomplished auctioneer himself. His Saturday night auctions brought friends and neighbors, as well as newcomers for the rare chance to get together and visit, as well as bid on items Gene had for auction. Most of his kids helped out at the auctions at one time or another.

Gene got his bachelors degree, masters degree, and excelled in numerous areas of education, as well as basketball coach. He has been coach, guidance counselor, principal, superintendent of schools, head of Chamber of Commerce, to mention a few.

Gene and family moved around quite a bit over the years, as he gained educational experience and expertise…and each move was an upward step for him and the family’s wellbeing. He was always looking to improve life for his family.

Gene married Norma, his high school sweetheart, and soon started a family. They lived in Kincaid, Illinois where he taught as elementary teacher and was basketball coach. Then they moved to San Jose, Illinois, where he taught elementary and basketball coaching. Then on to Wapella, Illinois, where he was Junior and Senior High School Principal/teacher, and basketball coach. Then he moved the family to Melvin, Illinois, where he was High School Principal and acting Superintendent of Schools. Their next move was to Cambria, Wisconsin, where he was District Administrator. Next move to Oxford, Wisconsin, where he drove to Portage, Wisconsin every day to be their guidance counselor at the high school.

Gene then became Administrator/Teacher for the Wisconsin Auction School that he started up.

Gene continued his higher education and went on to be superintendent, and/or principal at Ridge Farm, Illinois; Princeton, Wisconsin; Putnam, Illinois; Creston, Illinois; Triumph, Illinois; and Dalzell, Illinois, before retiring to just do his beloved auctioneering, when they moved back to Oxford, Wisconsin. He enjoyed being able to listen and talk and visit with neighbors, friends, and newly made acquaintances at auctions and wherever he went.

Besides Gene’s love of auctioneering, he seldom ever missed a Packers football game. Looked forward to those games with great enthusiasm. He and mom used to watch basketball every week on tv, as well.

Gene now joins his loving wife, Norma, in God’s arms, along with his oldest son, Jim, his parents, and his 3 older siblings.

He leaves behind his remaining 6 children: Linda (Gary) Nesvacil of Wisconsin Dells; Judy Amidon of Fox Lake, Wis.; Jeff (Juanita) Rogers of Friendship, Wis.; Mary Walter of Adams, Wis.; Becky (John) Howland of Montello, Wis.; and Jason (Melinda) Pourchot of Harvard, Illinois.
Jim’s wife, Susie, remains in Westbrook, MN.

Gene leaves behind a loving legacy of children, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Mt. Repose Cemetery in Friendship.

In lieu of flowers, please make charitable donations to St. Judes Hospital, in Gene’s name. for further information and online condolences.

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  1. Joshua Barron (Martin) says:

    I will miss you grandpa and all the fun times we had together.. Fly high and gave grandma a hug from all of us…. love u

  2. Lee Murray says:

    Gene will truly be missed as he was a friend and mentor. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  3. Gordie Whitemarsh says:

    Very sorry to see that Mr. Pourchot has passed away ,I remember him from Portage High School back in the 70’s, & had the pleasure of seeing him around the county for years, what a great guy, always with the big smile, firm handshake and a word of encouragement, tremendous man. My folks always spoke so highly of him & his family, he will be missed, he was one of a kind, only Gene Pourchot could put an auction barn out in the sticks & be successful, he was one awesome guy! All us Whitemarsh brothers send our sincere condolences to his family as we all knew him from PHS back in the day.

  4. Wanda Henson (niece) says:

    Fond memories of Uncle Gene growing up. He was always extremely entertaining and funny. He told me he went to college to learn to juggle, then demonstrated with apples, and I believed him! We also fought over the biggest piece of Grandma’s pies. A great guy with a big heart and love of his family.

  5. Dawn Renee Wrasse says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    I knew him as “PaPa” Pourchot
    Enjoyed listening to him and his stories.
    He will be truly missed.

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