Eugene William (Gene) Beissenherz, 91, of Wellington, Missouri passed away January 22, 2021 after a brief illness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private family service will be held at St. Luke Evangelical Free Church. In lieu of a formal visitation with the family, there will be an opportunity for viewing on Thursday, January 28 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm in the sanctuary at St. Luke’s (Wellington, MO). The family respectfully asks that visitors follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks. The family plans to hold a celebration of Gene’s life at a later date when they look forward to visiting with friends and extended family. Burial will be at the St. Luke Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Luke Evangelical Free Church, Wellington, Missouri. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South St., Lexington, MO, 64067, 660-259-2245. Memoires of Gene and condolences for his family may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com
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Gene was born February 17, 1929 in Blackburn, Missouri to Reverend Edwin Henry Beissenherz and his wife Magdalene. The family moved to Wellington when Gene was 3 years old when Rev. Beissenherz became minister at St. Luke Church. Rev. Beissenherz served in that role for 23 years. Gene was raised in the parsonage at St. Luke’s and was a lifelong member of the church.
Gene graduated from Wellington High School in 1947. He married Charlene Myers on June 17, 1950. In 2020 Gene and Charlene celebrated 70 years of marriage. After a short stint at Lake City, Gene was the first trainee hired to work as a tool and die designer at Western Electric (now known as AT&T) and retired after a career of 31 years.
Gene is survived by his wife, Charlene, of the home; three daughters: Vicki Good and husband Jerry of Grain Valley; Terri Bradley of Grain Valley; and Robin Emison and husband Kent of Higginsville; sister, Lucille Furkin of Chesterfield, Missouri; six grandsons and their families; Brett Emison and wife Nikki; Matt Borgman and wife Erica; Brad Borgman and wife Rhonda; Aaron Good and wife Lynna; Christopher Emison and wife Erin; and Mark Emison and wife Alesia. Gene had fifteen great-grandchildren: Cori and Walker Bear and Emerson Borgman; Brady and Ben Borgman; Charlea and Connor Emison; Clara, Charlotte and Cecilia Emison; Chandler, Camille and Camden Emison; and Amron and Abott Good.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald “Buddy” Beissenherz and Richard Beissenherz; and a sister Elizabeth Abdoler. Casket bearers will be Gene’s six grandsons.
The family wishes to acknowledge their appreciation for Gene’s love of life and devotion to his family and his many lifelong friends.