Eugene J. “Gene” Hyden, 77, Wabash, died at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at his home. He was born April 20, 1943, in Floyd County, Kentucky, to Howard H. and Dolla Mae (Fraley) Hyden.
Gene married Judy C. Music in Wabash Nov. 23, 1963; she died on Jan. 14, 2012. He worked most of his life at Kunkle Foundry, in Andrews, and retired from Manchester Foundry, in North Manchester. Gene enjoyed tinkering on small engines.
He is survived by two children: Cricket (Dale) Slee of Wabash; and William (Heather) Hyden of Indianapolis; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters and brother, Freda Bradford and Howard “Norman” Hyden, both of Roann; and Lotressa (Roy) Kinder of Prestonsburg, Ky. He was also preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Steven Dewayne Hyden, who died in 1969, and sister Nova Bradley.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is Animal Shelter of Wabash County.