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Ray Eugene “Gene” Pollock, 84, was born to Charles Raymond Pollock and Juanita Irene (Moore) Pollock on November 14, 1932, in Anthony, Kansas. He went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 13, 2017, at the Kiowa District Hospital.
Gene grew up in rural Hazelton, Kansas, where he graduated high school in 1950. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served from 1951-1954. During this time, Gene met and later married Loine Gates on June 9, 1956. To this union they were blessed with three children: Kathy, Shari, and Mark. They made their home in Rural Wellington, Arkansas City, and Mayfield before returning to Hazelton in 1969 to take over the family farm. Gene had a love for the land, cattle, and horses. Even after his retirement he remained active helping his son, Mark with the farm.
Gene developed a love of basketball at a young age, playing in high school for Hazelton, and then later the Kiowa Jewelers. His passion continued as he followed many South Barber and KU teams over the years. Gene’s real love was being a grandpa. The grandkids could “do no wrong” in his eyes and he always had a story about them for anyone who was willing to listen.
He was a Deacon at the Community Baptist Church and later became a member of the Kiowa United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher at both. Gene was a Mason and served on the Board of Directors of the Farmers Coop in Hazelton and the Barber County Soil Conservation District.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim “Short” Pollock.
He is survived by his wife, Loine; his three children, Kathy Hays and husband, Stan of Hazelton, Kansas, Shari Hurley and husband, Jim of Gilbert, Arizona and Mark Pollock and wife, Krista of Kiowa, Kansas; grandchildren, Nicole Hays of Seward, Nebraska, Matthew Devlin of Gilbert, Arizona and Taylor and Clare Pollock of Kiowa, Kansas; one sister, Sue Waggoner and husband, David of Menard, Texas and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at the Kiowa United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Keith Fink officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hazelton, Kansas. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with family present to receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m..
Memorials may be given to the Kiowa United Methodist Youth Group in care of Lanman Funeral Home.
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has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff
Loine, Kathy, Shari, Mark and family.
May the Lord provide you comfort and strength during this time of loss. We are thinking of and praying for you.
Milford and Pennie Hunter
Sending love and prayers to Loine & all of the family today&tomorrow from Colorado. Wish i could be there to honor Gene. He was such a good man. I always enjoyed speaking with him when he took such good care of our farmland. He was always so happy to see me & visit when i came home. I sure regret not seeing him and you, Loine,in recent years.God bless you as you remember him. He lives in your hearts always
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