Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Gene was born March 4, 1929, to Harry and Ruby (Critser) Gerard . Following graduation from Kennebec High School in 1947 he joined his parents in farming south of Kennebec. On July 8, 1949, he married his only sweetheart Esther Venekamp, youngest daughter of John and Ethel Venekamp, at Presho Methodist Church. Most of their married life was spent south of Kennebec farming and ranching as they raised their 6 children and actively participated in the community. Following Gene’s retirement, they moved into Kennebec. Gene served on several boards through the years including township, school, production organizations and the Kennebec Elevator. He was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and greatly enjoyed those political discussions he passionately initiated.