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Verl Eugene "Gene" Hentges
1929-2019
On Thursday, September 6, 2019, Gene Hentges, loving husband and father of five
children, passed away at the age of 90.
Gene was born on January 7, 1929, in rural Perry, Oklahoma, to James Franklin
Hentges, Sr., and Edna Lillian (Golliver) Hentges. He graduated from Perry High
School in 1947 and farmed with his father until volunteering to serve in the United
States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed with an artillery unit as a mortar
gunsman.
On October 6, 1951, he married Virginia (Passow) Hentges. Together they raised five
children: Harvel, Harvey, Harl, Harlan and Harlene. For 67 years, Gene and Virginia
farmed wheat, alfalfa and raised cattle.
Gene, with the support of Virginia, had a passion for community service. He helped
start the Noble County Farm Bureau and travelled the county recruiting members. He
was also actively involved in the White School District (Board of Education); Gansel
Cooperative Elevator (Board of Directors); Christ Lutheran Church (Elder, Trustee and
Sunday School Teacher); and Perry Farmers Co-operative Exchange (Board of
Directors).
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of the home and children Harvel (Phil) Johnson of
Enid, OK; Harvey (Sandy) Hentges of Perry, OK; Harl (Ann) Hentges of Stillwater, OK;
Harlan (Jennie) Hentges of Edmond, OK; and Harlene (Darby) Colen of Perry, OK.
Grandchildren Jerrod (Brandi) Johnson; Brock (Jenna) Johnson; Heath (Casey)
Hentges; Courtney (Wes) Gutekunst; Gavin (Jenny) Hentges; Amber (Brance) Coker;
Grace Hentges; Will Hentges; Lane Hentges; Habbie Colen; Thatcher Colen; and 9
great-grandchildren.
Gene was a man of faith, known for his infectious smile and kind and compassionate
spirit. Services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Thursday, September 12, 2019,
2 p.m., at 1301 N. 7th St. in Perry. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Christ Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Grace Hill Cemetery.
Published on September 12, 2019

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