E. Eugene “Gene” Meeks, 92, of rural Altamont, died the afternoon of Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at his home.
Born May 25, 1928, at Sharon, Elvin Eugene Meeks was the son of 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.
Gene joined the United States 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 Company in Mound Valley, Swift and Company in Parsons. For 26 years, Gene worked at Vallis Wngroff in Cherryvale until his retirement.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Mound Valley.
Gene’s 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.
Gene and Rita M. Sandusky were united in marriage September 16, 1950, in Dearing.. She preceded him in death September 9, 2008.
Gene is survived by a daughter, Carol D. Meiwes (husband, Charles), of Altamont; sons, Michael L. Meeks of Altamont and Roger A. Meeks (wife, Jennifer), of Oswego; three sisters, Dora Jane “Janie” Meeks, Ione Spencer and Dorothy Green of all of Altamont. Six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; great-great grandson; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rita; four brothers, Lealand Meeks, Gilbert Meeks, Chancey Meeks, and Russell Meeks; one sister, Mildred Meeks; and one great-granddaughter, Kimberly Meeks also survive.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 20, at the Mound Valley Christian Church. Burial will follow at the 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 Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to sign the register and view Mr. Meeks.
The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelinwes will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to The 506 Foundation, Inc. for FFA and Trap Shooting. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.