Eugene L. “Gene” Edwards, 74, of Parsons, Kan., passed away the morning of Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo.
Eugene Louis Edwards was born to Louis Lydick and Anita Ellen (Wooster) Edwards in Parsons, Kan., on Aug. 9, 1945.
Growing up and attending school in the Erie area, Gene graduated from Erie High School in 1963. Gene earned an associate's degree from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute in Kansas City, Mo. He also earned certificates from Electronics School, CNA and CMA Schools.
Gene worked at the Kansas State Grain Inspection in Kansas City, Mo. For several years he owned and operated Edwards TV and Radio in Erie, Kan. He also worked at Countryside Farm Store in Parsons for a time and Presbyterian Manor in Parsons for 12 years.
One of the greatest joys in Gene's life was ministering in different churches and nursing homes. One of the ministries was the Sonkissed Youth Group the family hosted in their home in Hannibal. He was loved by all and loved everyone in return. Gene also enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and fixing anything that needed fixing.
On May 20, 1964, Gene married the love of his life, Dorles “Ike” Lucke, in Kansas City, Mo. She survives of the home.
Survivors include his wife, Dorles “Ike” (Lucke) Edwards; one daughter, Sheri Lynn Edwards McGlothlin and her fiancé, Patrick Ramshead, of Parsons; one son, Louis Ray Edwards and his wife, Lisa, of Beavercreek, Ohio; four grandchildren, Heather Carlstead of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Andrea Hume and her husband, Shane, of Erie, Kan., Joshua Edwards of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Kayla Edwards of Centerville, Ohio; four great-grandsons, Keagen, Killian, Jespen and Shiloh Hume; and two sisters, Rita Sexton of Hollister, Mo., and Peggy Jobe and her husband, Donnie, of Pittsburg, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons, Kan. Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Burial will take place at East Hill Cemetery in Erie, Kan.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, 405 Main, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com