Raymond E. “Gene” Newby, 98, longtime Parsons resident, died at 4:22 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor.
He was born March 8, 1923, in rural Labette County, a son of Earl J. and Irma M. (Wucherphenig) Newby. He lived his entire life in Labette County and attended school at rural Parsons. He enlisted in the Army and served under Gen. George Patton in the 345th Infantry, 87th Division. He was stationed in the European Theatre, participating in the Battle of the Bulge.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Army he married Alberta M. Harris at the First Baptist Church at Parsons. He began working at the Katy Railroad and later read meters for the former K.G. & E. electric company. He also worked at his family’s dairy. He later worked at Parsons Custom Products and installed wiring in new ambulances. In 1989, he began employment as an electrician at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, where he worked until his retirement. Mrs. Newby preceded him in death on July 30, 2019.
Gene had been a member of First Baptist Church since 1937. He served as trustee and many years as an usher. He enjoyed woodworking and made many beautiful pieces of furniture.
The family would like to give special thanks to the administration and staff of the Parsons Presbyterian Manor.
Survivors include three sons, Bill Newby of Oswego, Alan Newby of Collinsville, Oklahoma, and David Newby of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a daughter, Carol Jackson of Bettendorf, Iowa; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma (Newby) Matthews; and a great-granddaughter, Abbey Jackson.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Travis Ball officiating. Wearing masks will be preferred. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Parsons. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter. These may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservicescom.