Richard “Gene” Gay, 86, of Gardner, Kan passed away March 4, 2019.
Gene was born March 18, 1932 in rural Gardner, Kan to Charles Roy and Margaret Virginia (Squires) Gay. He was a lifelong area resident who graduated from Gardner High School in 1950. Gene attended KU for one year. He married Roberta “Bert” Karnes on Oct. 17, 1951 in Gardner. Gene served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1955. He had a strong work ethic; working two jobs most of the time. His work experience included Gardner Grain, Gardner Standard Gas Station, AFG Industries, Spring Hill, Kan and Gardner Liquor. Gene was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He coached Little League Baseball, was a 50 year member of the Gardner American Legion and served in the Color Guard with the Legion at Memorial Day. Gene loved gardening and farming and was a very special Dad. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 grandsons and 1 great-granddaughter. Gene is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bert, of the home; children: Richard G. Gay, Jr., Beaverton, Ore, Veronica V. and husband Gary Winters, Hillsdale, Kan, Josephine L. Racicot, Gardner, Donald W. and wife Corrine Gay, Osawatomie, Kan and Jeanette L. and husband Mike Coltharp, Gardner, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Bernard L. Gay, Colo, Jacequline D. “Jackie” Gay, Emporia, Kan and Gerald “Jerry” E. and Marcia Gay, Gardner.
Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8:00 pm Mon., March 11, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner (913) 856-7111 with Rosary at 6:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am Tues., March 12, 2019 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, 555 W. Main, Gardner. Burial follows at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner. Memorial contributions may be made to the GEHS Alumni All School Reunion Scholarship Fund.  Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.