Eugene L. ‘Gene’ Edwards

Eugene L. “Gene” Edwards, 74, of Parsons passed away the morning of Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Freeman Health System, Joplin. 

Eugene Louis Edwards was born to Louis Lydick and Anita Ellen (Wooster) Edwards on Aug. 9, 1945, in Parsons. Growing up and attending school in the Erie area, Gene graduated from Erie High School in 1963.

Gene earned an associate degree from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute, Kansas City, Missouri. He also earned certificates from electronics school and certified nursing assistant and certified medical aide schools. 

Gene worked at the Kansas State Grain Inspection in Kansas City, Missouri. For several years he owned and operated Edwards TV and Radio in Erie. 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, Missouri. 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, Missouri. She survives of the home. 

Other survivors include a daughter, Sheri Lynn Edwards McGlothlin and her fiancé, Patrick Ramshead, of Parsons; a son, Louis Ray Edwards and his wife, Lisa, of Beavercreek, Ohio; four grandchildren, Heather Carlstead of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Andrea Hume and her husband, Shane, of Erie, 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, Missouri, and Peggy Jobe and her husband, Donnie, of Pittsburg, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will take place at East Hill Cemetery, Erie.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 405 Main, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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