Gene Arthur Hapner, 79, North Manchester, passed away Jan. 12, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. On July 22, 1941, Gene was born in North Manchester, to Hugo Carl and Florence Pauline (Grossnickle) Hapner.
Gene graduated from Central High School in North Manchester in 1959. Gene was a good father that loved his children and passed his love and passion of cats on to his children. He worked for GTE in North Manchester and later went on to work for Verizon Phone Company in Fort Wayne. Gene enjoyed passing the time by watching college and pro-football and basketball.
The memory of Gene Arthur Hapner will be forever cherished by his daughters: Sandra Hapner, Fort Wayne; Linda King, North Manchester; Kathryn “Kathi” Wallace, Woodburn; one son-in-law, Brian Moore, Urbana; four grandchildren: Brittany (Chase) Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nicole (Daniel) Sanchez, Skylar Green, and Alexis King, all of North Manchester; four great-grandchildren: Abel Young, Corbin Miller, Mayson Sanchez, and Carson Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Janet Moore, who passed away Dec. 19, 2013; four brothers: Richard E., Delbert Dean, Robert L., and Russell W. Hapner; three sisters: Lois J. Wilcox, Sharon L. Michael, and Barbara A. Ousley; and his companion of 40 years, Bob Samuel Rager, passed away July 7, 2015.
Services for Gene will be held at a later date.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Gene Arthur Hapner, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, IN 46992 or Allen County SPCA, 4914 South Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46806.
The family of Gene Hapner has entrusted McKee Mortuary with final arrangements.