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Gene Allen Gentry was born April 1, 1938 in Kewanee, Missouri to Walter Larry and Agnes (Schuerenberg) Gentry. He departed this life on January 30, 2013 at his home in Birch Tree, Missouri.

Visitation will be Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral Services will be Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary with interment at Berea Mennonite Cemetery, Birch Tree, MO

He spent his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, moving to Mountain View during his sophomore year. He graduated from Mountain View High School in 1957.

Gene served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea.

Gene was united in marriage to Frances (Pulliam) Wisecarver and to this union two children were born; Kelly Luane and Kirk Allen. He also acquired a stepson with this marriage, Kenton Merle Wisecarver, whom he loved like his own.

Gene had a love for God, music, and the Cardinals. He was saved and baptized in the First Baptist Church. His faith in God never wavered. He spent a lot of time watching John Hagee and Jimmy Swaggert, listening to gospel music, and praying.

Family was next in line after God. He loved his family dearly. We know he is rejoicing in heaven with Preston and all of his loved ones.

Gene loved music and would spend hours singing with his guitar until his health failed. He was so proud that Kirk had followed in his footsteps by playing the guitar and singing. He spent Sunday evenings listening to Kirk playing and singing over the phone.

Gene loved the Cardinals and was a resident expert on players, their stats, and all of their history.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Elvin and Beulah Lynn Pulliam; grandson, Preston Allen French; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Louis Ulrich; and nephew, Russell Coffey.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, Birch Tree; daughter, Kelly French (Darrell), Williamsburg, VA; sons, Kirk Gentry (Heidi), Maple Valley, WA and Kenton Wisecarver (Sherri), Birch Tree; grandchildren, Lendsey Holden (Derek), Williamsburg, VA, Tanner Gentry, Maple Valley, WA, Courtney Wisecarver, Birch Tree, and Anthony Martin (Bekka), West Plains; great grandchildren, Lila Jo Holden (the apple of his eye), Kenya Crocker, and Tabitha Martin. Also surviving are brother, Don Gentry (Ann), Mountain View; sister, Mary Coffey, Springfield, MO; a special niece, Mona Simoneau (Dan), West Plains, MO; nephews, Bob Greenan (Elaine), Mountain View and Ed Pulliam (Greta), Maudeville, LA; and a host of other family and friends.

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