Eugene (Gene) Ray Larson peacefully passed from this life on Tuesday, June 18 in Salina, Kan. surrounded by his wife and four girls. Gene was born in Clay Center, Kan. on Sept. 18, 1947 to Earl and Edna (Koerner) Larson. Gene spent his early years in California before returning to Kansas, living in Industry and rural Dickinson County. Gene lived the majority of his adult life in the Wakefield and Chapman communities.

Gene proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy where he served two tours in Vietnam. He enjoyed careers in law enforcement, insurance planning, commercial trucking, and worked in the meat market at the Fort Riley Commissary. Through the years, he acquired many talents. He was skilled at fixing almost anything mechanical. He also enjoyed carpentry and making custom golf clubs.