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Gene Obee

Roy E. “Gene” Obee, 95, Burns, was born Oct. 26, 1925, in Lewistown, Montana.

He was the son of LeClair William Winfield Obee and Ora Elizabeth (Oursler) Obee.

Gene was a 1942 graduate of Burns High School and attended the University of Kansas.

He served his country proudly during World War II from November of 1943 until November of 1945 and was a POW.

He was united in marriage to the former Marie Melson on April 4, 1948, in Burns.

Gene was in business with his father, and brother, with he and his brother working together 29 years. He later worked for the Burns Co-Op at Walton.

Gene attended Burns Community Church (formerly the United Methodist Church), belonged to the American Legion and the 99th Division Association, and supported the POW/MIA organization. He was also the long-time caretaker and record keeper of the Burns Cemetery and very involved in the Burns community.

His greatest joy was his family which includes his children Donald (and wife Cindy) Obee of Emporia, and Cheryl (and husband Stanley) Smith of Emporia; grandchildren Chad (and wife Danielle) Smith, Kristi Smith, Traci (and husband Joe) Hekele, Erin (and husband Henry) Volante, and Landon (and wife Jenny) Obee; 12 grandchildren, “bonus” daughter Phoebe Janzen, and several nieces and nephews.

Gene passed away April 1, 2021 at NMC Health in Newton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marie, daughter-in-law Dayla, brothers Frederick and Hugh and sisters Dorothy Smith and Ruth Ott.

His family will gather with friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Burns Community Church.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, led by Pastors Steve Hysom and Jim Helzer. Gene will be laid to rest in the cemetery he lovingly cared for following the service.

Memorial contributions in Gene’s name may be directed to the Burns Community Church or the Burns Senior Center in care of the funeral home.

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the family.

Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Gene at

Last modified April 7, 2021