Eugene A. (Gene) Love 83, died Thursday, July 7, 2016 at his Newton residence. He was born July 27, 1932 outside Walton, Kansas to James E. and Gertrude (Friday) Love. Gene was a veteran of the US Navy Reserves and US Navy Seabees retiring after 22 years of service. He worked for the former Kansas Gas and Electric now Westar from 1952 until his retirement in 1990. Gene was known for his community service work. He was active in Newton Jaycee’s, chaired many senior all night parties and worked the Harvey Country Fair through the years. Gene’s biggest joy was giving his time and talent working with Habitat For Humanity.
He is survived by his wife Betty of the home; son Bruce and his wife Debbie Love of Pittsburg, KS; Daughter Laurie and her husband Chris Whitty of Alice, TX; ten grandchildren: Jim, Jeff, and Justin Love, Heather, Travis and Brendon Whitty, Tressie Smith, Jason Smith, Chelsey Watts and Brandi Cebulski. He is also survived by ten great grandchildren.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Debra Lynn Allison.
Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Meridian Convention Center on East Broadway in Newton, KS with Chaplain Tim Shellenberg presiding. The family will greet friends and continue sharing with light snacks provided following the service. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.