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Gene Reynolds - September 26, 2012

Gene Wayne Reynolds was born Jan. 28, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the oldest of two children born to Walter and Juanita Crippen Reynolds. The family lived in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Mo., West Virginia, Tennessee and Denver when Gene was growing up. He died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 26, 2012. He had reached the age of 69.

Gene obtained his GED diploma and joined the United States Navy in 1960. After his basic training at the Great Lakes training base, Gene served aboard the USS Robinson, USS Cavalier and USS Blue Ridge. He was involved during the Vietnam War. He eventually became an instructor until his honorable discharge in 1979.

Gene was married to Countis “Connie” Streno at Raton, N.M. on Feb. 24, 1966. After his discharge in 1979, Gene and Connie made their home in Denver, where Gene was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He retired from the Postal Service in 1986 and they moved to Holyoke. Gene worked part-time for the Holyoke Police Department and D & D Farms.

In 1991, Gene and Connie moved to Venango, Neb. Gene had been failing in health the past couple of years and had been moved to a veterans administration facility—Golden Living Center in Cozad, Neb.—in August.

Gene was a current member of the Venango American Legion and the DAV. He was a longtime member of the Elks Club and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid sportsman, both participating and watching, and was a member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their different activities.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robin Kennedy.

Gene is survived by his wife of over 46 years, Connie; two daughters, Gina and husband Mick Strand of Wauneta, Neb. and Roxane Reynolds of Venango; six grandchildren, James, Rebecca and Nicole Strand, Tessa and husband Travis Rhodes and Ryan and Zachary Dizmang; one great-granddaughter, Macie Rhodes; sisters-in-law, Helen Kennedy and Janet and husband Robert Cruz; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Cremation was chosen. Committal of cremains was held Oct. 1 at the Venango Cemetery with John Long officiating.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant, Neb. was in charge of arrangements.