OBITUARY: Harold G. ‘Gene’ Reid

Heaven’s fairway got a little more crowded when Harold G. “Gene” Reid died Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the age of 101, at NMC Health in Newton. He was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Edmond, (Norton County), to Henry and Lola Mae (Snow) Reid. On Feb. 12, 1940, he married Shirley Dean, and she preceded him in death in 2001.

Gene worked for the U.S. Post Office and was the assistant golf pro at the Hesston Municipal Golf Course.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II and was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant.

Golf was an important part of Gene’s life being self-taught from the age of 11. He learned many important life lessons on the golf course.  As important as golf was, his family was his most important treasure. He greatly enjoyed his time with his family and friends.  He especially loved his “greats” as he called all his grandchildren and treasured every story and moment he could spend with them.

Harold and Shirley loved music and spent many evenings dancing to the Big Bands and country music. His favorite was the Sons of the Pioneers.

He was a longtime active member of the Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, past master of the Newton Masonic Lodge 142 and a bowling group for seniors at Eastgate Lanes in Newton.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia D. (Tim) Timmons, son Daryl G. (Aleda) Reid, sister-in-law Betty Jo Reid and sister Ruth Ann Blackwell. He also is survived by eight grandchildren, two step-grandsons, 19 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Shirley, daughter Dana Joy Sartain, brother Robert L Reid and nephew Vance G. Reid.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton with the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. A private family burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials may be made to the Kansan Masonic Foundation, in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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