Gene Franklin Youmans, 94, of Bacliff, Texas, formerly of St. Charles, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Bacliff, Texas.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, with visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Congregational Christian Church UCC in Truro. Interment will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery in Peru. Arrangements are by Kale Funeral Home of Osceola and Truro. In lieu of flowers, the family will be establishing a local scholarship in Gene’s name and memorial contributions may be directed to I-35 Future Farmers of America, Interstate 35 High School, PO Box 79, Truro, IA 50257.
Gene Franklin Youmans, son of Edith Gertrude (Frank) and Ernest Clyde Youmans, was born Aug. 12, 1924, on a farm near Peru. He attended elementary school at Ebenezer. He graduated from Truro High School with the class of 1943. During WW II, he served in the U.S. Army Battery Command in Panama from Aug. 14, 1945, to Dec. 5, 1946, as an anti-aircraft automatic artillery crewman, receiving a honorable discharge as a PFC, with citations for American Theater Ribbon, marksmanship, Victory Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon. He earned an electricity/electronics certificate in 1948 from Commercial Trades Institute of Chicago, Illinois, and worked for REA bringing electric service into rural areas.
On May 8, 1949, Gene married Paulina Mae Smith at the Christian Church in Truro. He earned a junior accountant degree from AIB College and worked as a field engineer/electric inspector for Iowa Power and Light Company. In 1957, he purchased a farm south of Truro. In addition to farming, he worked as an HVAC engineer at Drake University. After retiring, he resided in St. Charles, until moving to Bacliff, Texas, with his daughters.
While living in Des Moines, Gene and Paulina assisted in founding Wakonda Christian Church, where Gene served as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He served as a Sunday school superintendent at Truro Methodist Church and later, as deacon at Truro UCC Christian Church. He was a member and former president of the Lions Club and was a 4-H leader.
Gene is survived by his children, Vincent Youmans of Fargo, North Dakota, Greg (Patty) Youmans of Montrose, Minnesota, Paul Youmans of Truro, Sharon Walton of League City, Texas, and Janella Youmans of Bacliff, Texas; grandchildren, Emory and Trish Youmans, Antone Smith, Isaac and Amber Walton, Jonathan and Joshua Wedemeier, Kenneth, Kaydence, Natalie and Nathan Talamantez; great-grandchildren, BreAnna and AdriAnna Mendoza, Kenneth Walton, Isaac Jr., Amiyah and Zariah Walton, Emorie Ava and Ryker Smith, Trista Youmans and Isiac and Breanna Larson; and many nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife on Sept 25, 2007; parents; and sisters, twin Geraldine Faye Johnson of Bentonville, Arkansas, Thelma Armstrong of Truro, Dorothy Brooks of St. Charles and Colleen Hall of Des Moines.