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R. "Gene" Eugene Obee

Gene's life began on October 26, 1925 in Lewistown, MT.  He was the son of LeClair William Winfield Obee and Ora Elizabeth (Oursler) Obee.  Gene was a 1942 graduate of Burns High School and attended the University of Kansas.  He served his country proudly during World War II from November of 1943 until November of 1945 and was a POW. He was united in marriage to the former Marie Melson of April 4, 1948 in Burns.  Gene was in business with his father, and brother with he and his brother working together 29 years.  He later worked for the Burns Co-Op and Walton.  Gene attended the Burns Community Church (formerly the United Methodist Church), belonged to the American Legion and the 99 Division Association, and supported the POW/MIA organization.  He was also the long-time caretaker and record keeper of the Burns Cemetery and very involved in the Burns community.  His greatest joy was his family which includes his children Donald (Cindy) Obee of Emporia, and Cheryl (Stanley) Smith of Emporia; grandchildren Chad (Danielle) Smith, Kristi Smith, Traci (Joe) Hekele, Erin (Henry) Volante, and Landon (Jenny) Obee; twelve grandchildren, "bonus" daughter Phoebe Janzen and several nieces and nephews.  Gene passed away on April 1, 2021 at NMC Health in Newton.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marie, daughter in law Dayla, brothers Frederick and Hugh and sisters Dorothy Smith and Ruth Ott.  His family will gather with friends on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Burns Community Church where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday led by Pastors Steve Hysom and Jim Helzer.  Gene will be laid to rest in the cemetery he lovingly cared for following the service.  Memorial contributions in Gene's name may be directed to the Burns Community Church or the Burns Senior Center in care of the funeral home.  Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion is serving the family.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Gene at www.ymzfh.com. 

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To all of Gene's family we are sorry to hear of his passing. He was the nicest person we had the pleasure of knowing.
Bob and Eileen Knaussman

Bob and Eileen Knaussman Apr 8 2021 12:00 AM

To Gene's family we are sorry to hear of your loss. Gene was one of the kindest man we have known. Many memories of him hauling cattle to Kansas City . Thinking of your all. Bob & Eileen Knaussman

Bob and Eileen Knaussman Apr 8 2021 12:00 AM

My sympathies to Don, Cheryl, and the entire family. Growing up in Burns, there were no strangers. And Gene was no exception. It was always a pleasure to spend a bit of time talking with Gene whenever I might see him. He always had kind words and a story or two to share. I thank Gene for his service to our country and the community of Burns.

Charles Clark Apr 7 2021 12:00 AM

Cheryl and Don, we were so sorry to learn of your dad's death. He and your mom were always among my favorite people in Burns, and my hometown will seem lonelier without him. My wish for you is that your memories will help keep you strong during this difficult time. Take care of yourselves!

Gloria Freeland Apr 7 2021 12:00 AM

Cheryl and Don, Thanks for sharing your Dad with us Burns kids. My Dad treasured their friendship and they both shared stories of the other with me. I especially enjoyed Gene telling of my Dad hiding Popular Mechanics magazines behind his textbook when they were classmates at Burns High School. The short visits I had as an adult with Gene always left me cheered.

Bruce Larsen Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

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