Gene Ferguson obituaryIn Loving Memory…

Gene A. Ferguson

Gene Arthur Ferguson, 91, of Sedalia, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Bothwell Regional Health Center with his wife and family by his side. Gene was a hard working man with a work ethic that was second to none.

He was born October 23, 1929, in Lowry City, a son of the late Glen and Josephine (Richeson) Ferguson. On May 9, 1975, in Miami, OK, he married Charlene “Pat” Klein, who survives of the home.

Gene was a graduate of Osceola High School. He began his work as a mail contractor in 1950 alongside his business partner, Charlie Barnes, and was still working up until four weeks ago. Over the years he also hauled freight for various companies as a member of the Teamsters Union. Gene was a member of the National Star Route Mail Contractors Association and was a delegate to the national convention for a number of years, to which he and Pat enjoyed traveling. His hobbies included fishing and camping. Gene can be described as reliable, dependable, strong, and again, a hard worker. He often said, “got to make that money while you can.” He will be remembered for his good sense of humor.

He was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish and attended St. Patrick Chapel.

Surviving are his wife, Pat, of the home; five children, Paula Fischer (Dan) of Sedalia, Patrick Ferguson (Connie) of Sedalia, Bradley Ferguson (Betty) of Colorado Springs, Shauna Ferguson of Ballwin, and Marty Ferguson (Kim) of Smithton; two step-children, Julie Hardy of Green Ridge, and Kevin Zimmerschied (Missy) of Green Ridge; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Harriet Gilkeson of Brunswick, and Joyce Barnes of Lowry City; and his beloved dog, Lilly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sondra Ferguson; and his son-in-law, Tim Hardy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Fr. Joe Corel officiating. Prayers of the Rosary will be said at 9:00 a.m. Friday followed by visitation until service time.

Casket bearers will be Adam Ferguson, Jacob Hardy, Noah Hardy, Mitchell Zimmerschied, Matthew Ferguson and David Penner.

Honorary bearers will be Terry Ryan, Steve Rouchka, Herschel Cantrell, Dean Schnakenberg, Bob Williams (the coffee shop guys), and Andrew Ferguson.

Burial will be in La Monte Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Braverman, Dr. Sharp and the staff at Bothwell Regional Health Center for all the care they gave Gene.


20 Responses

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Ferguson. I always loved talking to him. Thinking of your family.

  2. Dear Pat and Julie and Families, I am sorry for the loss of Gene. Good memories will keep you going. Gene had a wonderful life story.
    Much love,
    Janet Fairchild Roberts

  3. I am so sorry to hear about Gene passing. I worked with him at post office and really enjoyed his company. Prayers for the family

  4. So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort during this time.

    Brian and Sherry Nulsen & family

  5. Pat and family,

    I am sorry to hear about Gene passing. You all were such great neighbors for my mom and I as I was growing up. I fondly remember Gene taking us on some of his mail routes when I was a kid. I know we didn’t keep in touch over the years but I have so many childhood memories of you and your family. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  6. Pat and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Gene was a kind and gentle man who had such a contagious smile. I don’t think I ever saw him that he
    wasn’t smiling…even when he wasn’t feeling well, he still managed to smile! I pray that your many wonderful memories of him bring you comfort during the coming days.
    Bret and Mary K Williams

  7. Pat, i am so sorry about Gene. I know Mick and I thought the world of him. He was a good fun loving man.

  8. I knew and worked for Jean for over 30 years Gene and Pat were like second parents to me if you think of the word respect you think of gene Ferguson I will remember him till the day I die God bless all of his family marty carry on the family tradition

  9. Pat and Family, so sorry for your loss. Gene was a great guy. He truly loved working in the mail business and was an expert at the job. Ralph enjoyed all the years he worked for him.

  10. My father worked for Gene when I was just 6 years old. He worked again when I was 14. He helped dad when ever he was out of work. When I turned 17 Gene told me to give him a call when I get 18 . I did and he put me to work fultime right out of high school, He and Pat took very good care of me and I have always been grateful for that. He was a great man and he will be greatly missed.

  11. Gene and my Dad were best friends since their early trucking days in the 60s and 70s. Gene always had kind words and a big smile for me from the time I was a kid until recent years. Gene was such a comfort to me when Dad died, I’ll miss his kindness and advice but I’m glad the buddies are together again in heaven. Hugs and prayers from Mom and I.

  12. Gene was one of my best memories while I worked at the post office. He was fun to talk to and it was a joy when he came for the mail. I will treasure my memories of him. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. He loved his family.💙❤️

  13. Gene was always a kind man with a ready smile. He was a wonderful part of our extended family. God be with you and yours at this difficult time.

  14. Gene was a good friend and coworker and yes, a very dedicated and hard worker. I can still hear his laugh after pulling some of his pranks or telling or hearing a joke.
    My condolences to the family!

  15. I am truly going to miss my morning talks with Gene. He always joked with me about going to vegas!!! The first friendly face I saw when i walked through the Sedalia post doors 37 years was Gene. GENE was always in my corner. He will be greatly missed by especially me…..Fly high Gene❤❤❤

  16. I’ve only known Gene for little over a year and a half. He has to be the hardest working man I’ve ever met. He is an inspiration for me and should be for many others. The mail system lost a great man. So glad I got to meet and know such a great man. My condolences to all the family. Especially Marty and his family.

  17. Kenny and I enjoyed seeing Gene at Papa Jakes. I can’t remember a time that I saw him without a smile. A kind and generous man who will be missed. Kent and Betty along with the rest of the family our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.

  18. Gene will be missed by all he crossed path with. One of a kind I proudly say he was my friend. I will miss the Sunday afternoons at Green Ridge with him and his family. May Gene rest in peace.

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