Eugene S. “Gene” Claassen, 85, died Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Kidron Bethel Healthcare in North Newton, Kan. He was born Dec. 12, 1927 in Newton, to Herman F. and Lydia Goertz Claassen.
Eugene was a prominent farmer and horseman on 24th street in NortheastNewton. He was a wonderful neighbor and a man of his word who knew no stranger. He was loved by many.
Eugene is preceded in death by his parents and sister Anna Rebecca.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at First Mennonite Church in Newton, with The Reverend Jimmy Dodd of Kansas City presiding. Burial will preceded the memorial service at 3:30 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Victory Village Hutchinson or Kidron Bethel in care of Petersen Funeral Home.