He married Mary Louise Camac on Nov. 28, 1946, in Bronson. Gene was a veteran serving with the United States Army in 1945 and 1946. He was a farmer at heart and continued to enjoy farm life even as he worked for Mack Colt Oil Company, the State of Kansas Highway Department and retired from the Western Insurance Company. Gene was a member of the Bronson United Methodist Church where he had many responsibilities. He was a 67-year member of the Bronson Masonic Lodge where he was a past Worshipful Master. He will be remembered for singing solos as well as singing in a quartet. He loved to write poetry, ride horses and hunt quail. Family times were always special to him.
Survivors include his wife Mary Louise of the home; one son, Jack Eugene Wilson and wife Norma, Bronson; one daughter, Peggy Lou Clark and husband Robert, Fort Collins, Colo.; a grandson, Jerod Clark and wife Sarah, Chicago; three step-grandchildren, Lynda Krouse, Tom Davis and wife, Melissa, all of Illinois, and Amy Utley and husband Curtis, Iola. Also surviving are seven step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Emmett Lewis Wilson.
Following cremation, Rev. Chub Bolling and Rev. David Shrum will conduct a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, in the Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Crippled Children Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel, P.O. Box 93, Bronson, Kan., 66716. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.