Celebration of Live for Gene Ferguson, age 73

Celebration of Live for Gene Ferguson, age 73
May 17, 1944 - April 25, 2018
Gene Ferguson (Virgil Eugene), 73, passed away Wednesday, April 25 at his home in Peoria, Ariz. He was born May 17, 1944, in Broken Bow, Neb., to Virgil Ferguson and Althea (Sargent) Ferguson.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held in Broken Bow Saturday, June 9 at the United Methodist Church at 12:30 where all are invited to enjoy a meal and conversation.

Gene was a proud Army veteran who served in Korea in 1965 and the Vietnam War in 1966 where he received many medals. He had also been very involved with Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout.He married Bernice Shearer while living in California after his Army service and they moved back to Nebraska in the 1970s. He had been a postmaster in Taylor and Sargent until he retired and became a snowbird in Peoria. He later moved full time to Arizona where he loved the warm sunny weather.

Gene loved spoiling his wife Bernice and officiating at school basketball games with his father Virgil. A great sports fan, he watched TV sports and attended his nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events. He also enjoyed music and went to many concerts, preferring classical music.

Gene was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion where he served in several officer positions. His greatest passion was for model trains which he collected.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice; parents Virgil and Althea; nephew Troy Stark; and great-niece Makala Barger.

 Surviving family members include two sisters Sheri Stark of Peoria, Ariz. and Beki Ferguson of Lincoln; brother Charles Ferguson of Tempe,Ariz.; a foster sister Cher Atkins of Idaho; nieces Katina Barger of St. Paul and Chelsea Thomson of Edinburgh, Scotland; nephews Matthew Stark of Grand Island and Chase Ferguson of Tempe, Ariz.; plus many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was well loved by his entire family and will be missed.

Published in Custer County Chief on May 17, 2018