ALTAMONT — Gene Carlton, 75, of Altamont passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, 2021, at his home in Altamont.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1945, in Wichita to Edwin and Edna Marie (Wesley) Cash and adopted by Charles Everett and Opal (Beal) Carlton. He grew up on the family farm near Lebo and attended a one-room country school at Ottumwa. He then attended Lebo schools, graduating from Lebo High School in 1964.
Gene served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969 during the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1969 until his honorable discharge in 1971.
Gene went to work after his military service at the beef processing plant in Emporia for several years. He then worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in the maintenance department at the John Redmond Reservoir, Elk City Reservoir and at Big Hill Lake near Parsons. He retired in 1999.
He was a faithful member of Western Way Cowboy Church at Altamont. Gene was an avid collector of model trains. He enjoyed going out to eat at restaurants, giving folks a “hard time” and cattle farming. His labor of love was mowing yards in the evening after working at the reservoir. Gene was also a life member of the Independence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1186, the Independence Masonic Lodge and the Mirza Temple Shrine in Pittsburg. He was a volunteer with the Mirza Shrine and transported children to the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis for treatment.
Gene and Bonnie Bowen were united in marriage on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1970. She survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, Gene is survived by his daughter, Opal Brown and her companion, Joshua Dick, of Olathe; his grandchildren, Abigayle Brown, Avery Brown and Alex Dick, all of Olathe; his sisters, Kathleen Fisher of Florence, Alabama, Sarah Collins of Park City, Ruth Mahon and her husband, David, of Ponca City and Phyllis Shirey of Bennington; his sister-in-law, Sandy Siebuhr of Lebo; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jack Carlton, Edwin Cash and John Siebuhr.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Western Way Cowboy Church at Altamont with Pastor Les Green officiating and military honors following. The service will be livestreamed to the Western Way Cowboy Church Facebook page. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to Western Way Cowboy Church or the American Heart Association and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.