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.
Published in Custer County Chief on May 17, 2018