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Gene Alden Anderson

Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home

McPherson, KS


Gene Alden Anderson was born June 20th, 1948 in McPherson Kansas to Charles Alden and Martha Eleanor (Carlson) Anderson. He was one of two children born to this union. He attended McPherson schools and graduated from McPherson High School in 1966. As a youth, he enjoyed camping, playing guitar, creating bands with his friends in the basement, and riding and working on his motorcycle. Gene graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia Kansas with a BS in Business. While in college, Gene was united in marriage to Peggy Herzog from Wellington, Kansas. The young couple was blessed with the birth of a daughter, Heather, and a son, Brian.

After college, Gene managed Montgomery Wards stores all across the southern states. Gene was united in marriage to Mary Beth Kugler from Destrehan, Louisiana. This union was blessed with the birth of a son, Bradley, and a daughter, Callie. Genes career continued in management for Mervyns Department Stores, Sears and BBQ Galore.

While living in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, Gene was united in marriage to Virginia Kieszkowski. Genes health limited him from enjoying retirement fully. During these years, he reconnected with high school friends through their class website. It was a highlight to see what classmates were doing and where they lived. Gene always loved to cook, especially Cajun dishes, smoking hams and turkeys in his smoker. Helping him cook, were his two faithful golden retrievers, Baily and Cooper.

After a five year battle with cancer, Gene died peacefully on Christmas Eve 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles A. Anderson and his son, Bradley Anderson.

Gene is survived by his wife, Virginia of Palm Beach Garden, Florida, his daughters, Heather Smith of Emporia Kansas, Callie Anderson of Woodlands, Texas, his son, Brian Anderson and his wife Courtney, of Kansas City, Mo. His two grandchildren, Taylor Smith of Emporia and Jack Anderson of Kansas City, Mo; his mother Martha Anderson; his sister, Sandy Uhrig and her husband Verlyn, all of Marion, Kansas; his niece and nephew, Shannon Uhrig and his wife Marla, of Wichita, Kansas and Carrie Belshe and her husband Mathew, of Moundridge, Kansas; his great-nephew and great nieces, Simon, Zoey, and Addison Uhrig, Destry and Sienna Belshe; his brothers-in-law, Tom Kieszkowski and his wife Rhonda, of West Palm Beach, Florida and Andy Kieszkowski and his wife Barbie, of Lafayette, Indiana; other relatives and a host of friends.

Cremation has taken place.

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