Gene R. Egley, age 75, of rural Kahoka, MO, passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at his home.
Gene was born November 27, 1939 in Clark County, MO, a son of Robert and Wilma Schneider Egley.
On November 23, 1958 he was united to Rose Mary Hale in Wayland.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary, of the home; three sons: Victor Gene Egley of Keokuk, IA, Brian Lynn (Tammy) Egley of Murray, NE, and Scott Alan Egley of Kahoka, MO; one daughter, Kelly RoGene (Mrs. Steve) Baum of Queen City, TX; one brother, Paul (Sandra) Egley of Wayland, MO; five sisters: Rose (Mrs. Raymond) Morehouse of Kahoka, MO,
Laurel (Mrs. Glen “Boots”) Peterson of New Baden, IL, Velma (Mrs. David ) Kirchner of Four Seasons, MO, Pati (Mrs. Howard) Toops of Burlington, IA and Pam Irvin of Kahoka, MO; twenty-four grandchildren: Erika (Mrs. Stephen “Woody) Woodruff of St. Francisville, MO, Mandy (Mrs. Larry Sheeley) Hieatt of Kentucky, Adam (Jolene) Hieatt of Keokuk, IA, Ariel (Mrs. Andy) Benedict of Kahoka, MO, Stephanie (Mrs. Dan) Cale of Florida, Deacon (Lauren) Egley and Dominic Egley all of Kahoka, MO, Breanna Egley of Fort Madison, IA, Brittani Egley of Plattsmouth, NE, Brigido Egley, and Joshua Perry, both of Murray, NE, Christa Egley of Fort Madison, IA, Emily Perry and Elijah Egley, both of Murray, NE, Linsey (Mrs. Chase) Maschmann, Scotti (Mrs. Joseph) Hurlbut and Christopher Egley, all of Washington, IA; Ashley (Mrs Salvador) Midonno of Winfield, IA, Hailey Egley and Jayden Egley, both of Washington, IA, Jacob (Heather) Baum, and Zeth (Megan) Baum, all of Keokuk, IA, Kyle Baum of Fort Madison, IA and Zachary Baum of Queen City, TX; thirty-three great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Silas (Karen) Hale, Shirley Sue (Allister) Lohn, Sylvia Hale; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Fred and Opal Hale; brother-in-law, John Irvin; and great-grandson, Gabriel Egley.
Gene graduated from Canton High School. He retired after 44 years employment with Shellor Globe in Keokuk where he was a former Credit Union president.
Gene was a member from his childhood of Bluff Springs Methodist Church and was an elder in later years at Freedom in Christ Fellowship in Kahoka. He was also a long-time member of the N.R.A.
Gene was a talented musician, playing in his own band and later for local events in the tri-state area. In addition to his love for music, Gene also loved time spent farming and raising livestock, and being with his family.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 16, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Ray Gilbert officiating. Special music was “He Grew the Tree” by Vickie Gilbert, “Mansion Over the Hilltop” by Harry McGee, “Daddy’s Hands” by Kelly Baum and “A Daisy a Day” recorded by Gene Egley.
Honorary pallbearers were Gene’s brother and brothers-in-law.
Pallbearers were Christopher Egley, Brigido Egley, Elijah Egley, Adam Hieatt, Zachary Baum and Kyle Baum.
Burial was in Bluff Springs Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
A Memorial will be established.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.