Gene Philip Donnafield

March 14, 1950 - March 27, 2019

Gene Philip Donnafield, 69, passed away at Ft. Meade VA Medical Center in Sturgis on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. 

Gene was born March 14, 1950, in Hot Springs, to Harvey E. Donnafield and Viola (Rasmussen) Donnafield. After growing up in Hot Springs, he enlisted in the Army, serving from March 3, 1968 until July, 1988, including two tours in Vietnam.

Gene married Lucille Chole in l971. Born of this marriage were Tonia Marie in 1973, and Bryan August in 1979. They later divorced.  Gene married Bertha Rodriguez in 1984, and they later divorced before he married Therese Redmond in 1996. They would later divorce as well.

Survivors include his children, Tonia and Bryon; a grandchild, Sean Robert Sloan; his brother, John (Bobbie Jo) Donnafield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Viola Donnafield; and his sister, Shirley Bogner.

Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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