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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009

Richard "Gene" Gay

Friday, March 18th, 1932 - Monday, March 4th, 2019
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Richard “Gene” Gay, 86, of Gardner, KS passed away March 4, 2019. Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8:00 pm Mon., March 11, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (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, KS. Burial follows at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to the GEHS Alumni All School Reunion Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be left at

Gene was born March 18, 1932 in rural Gardner, KS 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, KS. 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, KS 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, OR, Veronica V. and husband Gary Winters, Hillsdale, KS, Josephine L. Racicot, Gardner, KS, Donald W. and wife Corrine Gay, Osawatomie, KS and Jeanette L. and husband Mike Coltharp, Gardner, KS; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Bernard L. and wife Marlyn Gay, Boulder, CO, Jacequline D. “Jackie” Gay, Emporia, KS and Gerald “Jerry” E. and wife Marcia Gay, Gardner, KS.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 11th, 2019 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, March 11th, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Rosary 6:00 pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 10:00am
    Divine Mercy Catholic Church
    555 W Main
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Interment

    St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery
    15560 Moonlight Road
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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Posted at 01:36pm
Bert Gail and I just heard of Gene's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. WE will keep you and your family in our prayers. Steve Branch.

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Posted at 10:36am
I’m so sorry for your loss. I’d like to share some real hope with you. In Psalms 146:4 tells the condition of the dead. In Acts 24:15 and Isaiah 26:19 the Bible promises a resurrection of our.oved ones back to earth. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, he brought him back to earth. That was a foregleam of the future. In Psalms 37:11+29 says man will live forever on the earth in peace. That was God’s original purpose, for man to live forever in the garden of eden. God’s purpose hasn’t changed. In Isaiah 45:18 says God created the earth to be inhabited. That’s why he gave his so. To die for us, John 3:16, so we could have everlasting life on earth. In Revelation 21:4 says there’ll be no more pain or death. Since there’s no pain or death in heaven, those are future conditions here on earth as God had intended.


Posted at 06:32pm
Dear Gay Family, I am so sorry for your loss. When we lose a love one in death it is never easy. During this difficult time may your family find comfort in Gods word the Bible that soon we will see our love ones again. -John 5:28,29

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