Gene’s life began on December 22, 1959 in Herington. He was the son of Donald Herpich and Shirley (Bell) Herpich-Harmon. Gene was a 1978 graduate of Herington High School. He loved to farm and ranch. Gene owned his own spraying business and did custom farming for area farmers. He was united in marriage to the former Alfrieda Byers on August 31, 2003 at the First Christian Church in Herington. Gene was a good steward of his land and loved to work. He enjoyed deer and dove hunting, shooting clay pigeons and downhill skiing in Colorado. Gene was very social and loved visiting with friends.
His loving family includes his wife Alfrieda of Burdick, mother and step father Shirley and Lester Harmon of Herington; children Nick (Ashley) Herpich of Herington, and Morgan ( James Wegner) Herpich of Abilene; step children Kevin Smith of Chapman, Jami (Chad Weller) Bell of Chapman, Erin Smith of Abilene, Matthew (Crystal) Smith of Raymore, MO, Scott (Sara) Smith of Salina and Randi Smith of Salina; 13 grandchildren; siblings Thomas (Connie) Herpich of Burdick, Kerry (Ken) Swinney of Derby, Scott ( Kathy) Herpich of Herington, and Lori (Arthur) Hughes of Wichita and several nieces and nephews.
Gene passed away on December 21, 2020 at Via Christi-Manhattan. He is preceded in death by his father. His family will gather with friends on Saturday December 26, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Herington led by Pastor Shawn Baird. He will be laid to rest in Sunset Hill Cemetery following the service. Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington is serving the family. Memorial contributions in Gene’s name may be directed to Dickinson County Home Health and Hospice. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory at www.ymzfh.com