Eugene (Gene) Ray Larson peacefully passed from this life on Tuesday, June 18th in Salina, Kansas surrounded by his wife and four girls. Gene was born in Clay Center, Kansas on September 18, 1947 to Earl and Edna (Koerner) Larson. Gene spent his early years in California before returning to Kansas, living in Industry and rural Dickinson County. Gene lived the majority of his adult life in the Wakefield and Chapman communities.
Gene proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy where he served 2 tours in Vietnam. He enjoyed careers in law enforcement, insurance planning, commercial trucking, and worked in the meat market at the Fort Riley Commissary. Through the years, he acquired many talents. He was skilled at fixing almost anything mechanical. He also enjoyed carpentry and making custom golf clubs.
Gene’s love for the game of golf was evident to anyone who knew him. Friendships that were made over tee times and during Men’s League lasted well past the days when he could no longer play. As much as he loved golf, his time with his wife, children, and grandchildren was the most meaningful to him. His friends and family could always count on him for words of wisdom or “Gene-isms”, bear hugs, and endless laughter.
He is survived by his wife Genevieve (Jenny); his daughters Amy (Jerry) Ford of Macksville, Tina (Shawn) Tinkel of Hays, Becky (Luke) Racette of Bennington, Valerie Weber of Chapman; his grandchildren Trey Ford, Jacey Ford, Thomas Harman, Hannah Harman, Alex Tinkel, Katie Tinkel, Colton Racette, Mackenzie Racette, Austin Weber; his brother Ronald (Sandy) Larson of Wakefield; his sister Joyce (Bruce) Elsasser of Wakefield; and several nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janice Torkelson.
Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors Wednesday, June 26th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Londeen Funeral Home, 206 West 5th, Chapman, Kansas. Services to celebrate Gene’s life will be also be held at Londeen Funeral Home on Thursday, June 27th at 10:00 am, followed by interment at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, Manhattan, Kansas at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.