ALTAMONT — E. Eugene “Gene” Meeks, 92, of rural Altamont passed away the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at his home.
Elvin Eugene Meeks was born on May 25, 1928, in Sharon to Curtis and Dorothy Faye (McClaflin) Meeks. As a young boy, Gene grew up and attended school in the Cherokee, Oklahoma, area. In 1948, he moved with his family to rural Altamont in the area of the junction of Highways 101 and 160.
He joined the U.S. Army infantry and served in Anchorage, Alaska. Following his discharge from the service, Gene returned to the Altamont area, where he farmed and ranched the rest of his life. Throughout the years, he worked at Continental Can in Coffeyville, Johnson Seed Co. in Mound Valley and Swift and Co. in Parsons. For 26 years, Gene worked at Vallis Wngroff in Cherryvale until his retirement.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Mound Valley. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and all kinds of hunting, including deer, quail, coon, duck and coyote.
On Sept. 16, 1950, Gene and Rita M. Sandusky were united in marriage in Dearing. She preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 2008.
Survivors include a daughter, Carol D. Meiwes and her husband, Charles, of Altamont; two sons, Michael L. Meeks of Altamont and Roger A. Meeks and his wife, Jennifer, of Oswego; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; three stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and three sisters, Dora Jane “Janie” Meeks, Ione Spencer and Dorothy Green, all of Altamont.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rita; four brothers, Lealand Meeks, Gilbert Meeks, Chancey Meeks and Russell Meeks; a sister, Mildred Meeks; and a great-granddaughter, Kimberly Meeks.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mound Valley Christian Church. Burial will follow at Mound Valley Cemetery with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, of Parsons. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to sign the register and view Mr. Meeks. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to The 506 Foundation Inc. for FFA and trap shooting and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.