Lloyd Eugene Motsinger, better known as Gene, was born just across the Missouri line in Iowa on February 24, 1929. He was the sixth child born to Albert Leander and Eunice Ellen (Hardy) Motsinger. Gene grew up in this area helping farm and attending Jackson school and Chestnut Ridge.
Gene joined the U.S. Army on January 10, 1956 and was stationed in Germany.
Gene married Bertha May Brown on December 30, 1952 at Villisca, Iowa. They made their home in Ringgold County. Gene farmed and worked at Ames Cross Garage; Roe Implement; and retired after working 24 years for the Department of Transportation for the State of Iowa.
He loved visiting with everyone he met and matched quarters with many friends around town.
Gene and Bertha always enjoyed going to parades around the county and attending music events. Gene was a favorite among all the nieces and nephews; telling them stories and giving rides on his Ford tractor and pickup. He loved to visit and he enjoyed attending the Motsinger reunion, the Jackson school reunion and the Watterson reunion. Gene was always teasing someone and telling a joke. His nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews were extra special to him.
Gene passed away May 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Bertha; his parents; 2 sisters Dale Jarred and Minnie Stringham; 3 brothers Lester A., Elmer “Yum”, and James Clifford “Doc”; and 2 nieces Betty Adair and Shirley Holden.
Those left to mourn his passing include nieces and nephews Allyn (Nancy) Jarred of Tingley, IA, Bill (Norma) Stringham of Benton, IA, Myrna (Rex) Luko of West Des Moines, IA, Beverly (Chuck) Cochran of Sacremento, CA, Sandra Black of Trenton, MO, Roger Motsinger of Olathe, KS, Debra Burk of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law Jean Motsinger of Villisca, IA, great nieces and nephews Brad Holden, Dan Adair, Edwin Adair, Jarred Luko, Sarah Luko, David Stringham, Donna Stringham, Billie Adli, Penny Spencer, Larry Jarred, Monica Weiderholt, Mollie Walters, Paige Sites and Brittany Sites; quarter matchers and friends.
Services were provided by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr Tuesday, May 12 with Pastor Ed Shields officiating.
Casketbearers were Larry Jarred, David Stringham, Rex Luko, Brad Holden, Mark Spencer and Bill Weiderholt.
Honorary Pallbearers were Kenny Johnson, Calvin Adams, Lloyd Glendenning, Amon Hunt, Neil Johnson and Hugh Terwilliger.
Military Rites by Ringgold Post #172 American Legion Iowa Honor Guard Unit. Mr. Motsinger was laid to rest at Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, MO.
A memorial fund has been established for the Kirk Cemetery at Allendale, MO.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2015