Marshall Eugene “Gene” Sanders | News
Marshall Eugene “Gene” Sanders, son of the late Everett and Opal (Jonas) Sanders was born March 31, 1933 in Van Buren, Missouri and departed this life October 28, 2011 in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He had attained the age of seventy-eight years, six months and twenty-eight days.
Mr. Sanders grew up and attended school in Van Buren, Missouri and graduated from the Van Buren High School in the Class of 1951. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country during the Korean War. During his military service he was first on the rifle range and voted “Airman of the Month” by his fellow soldiers. During the Korean War he was crew chief for 4 jet fighters at the same time. He lived in Willow Springs, Missouri where he was a barber for 39 years and worked at Gene and Red's Barber Shop.
While living in Willow Springs he served on the City Council for twelve years and also served on the Junior Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Lions Club, Rotary, and the Ingoma Masonic Lodge. In 1992 he and his wife Carol moved back to Van Buren, Mo. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, and Current River. He was an avid NASCAR fan.
On August 11, 1951 he was united in marriage to Carol B. Rogers in Van Buren, Missouri. Survivors include his wife, Carol Sanders of Van Buren; one daughter, Kaileah Nycole Sanders of Van Buren; one granddaughter, Kyla Danielle Dixon; one sister Dorothy Bockman and husband, Paul of Denver, Colo.; one brother-in-law, Frank Rogers and wife Paula of Orlando, Fla.; two nephews, Michael Eugene Rogers of Land of Lakes, Fla., and Alan Bockman of Denver, Colo.; one niece, Judy Greuter of Houston, Mo.; and many other relatives and friends who mourn his passing. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one daughter, Kristi Lynn Sanders in 2000.
Visitation: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in the McSpadden Funeral Home in Van Buren, Mo. Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Johnny Gipson officiating.
Photo provided by McSpadden Funeral Home.