Cecil Eugene "Gene" Hastings
September 17, 1939  -  August 11, 2017

Cecil Eugene "Gene" Hastings

Cecil Eugene "Gene" Hastings was born on September 17, 1939, in Independence, KS, to Cecil Rufus Hastings and May Hudiburg Hastings. He passed away August 11, 2017, at home at the age of 77 years.

Gene graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1957 and studied at Kansas State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Missouri, where he earned a master's degree in zoology. He wrestled competitively for several years of his education. His first wife was Corazon Riel; they had two children together, Nelson and Ernestine. During the marriage, he studied water buffalo in the Philippines. He also collected numerous animal specimens in the Midwest.

On October 7, 1976, Gene married Yalala Throckmorton. They had a daughter, Heather. For most of his career, Gene worked at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center as a medical chemist. He also was employed in various capacities, including in the meat department, at the family-owned grocery store, Nu Way, later known as Elmore's IGA. The family made many memories while camping and fishing. Although he experienced a number of health problems after retirement, Gene always retained his practical, positive nature, sense of humor, and faith in God. He was devoted to Yalala, his children, and his grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Yalala Hastings; sisters, Frances Johnson and Donna Elmore; children, Nelson Hastings and wife Amy of Rockville, MD, Ernestine Moser and husband Scott of Pittsburg, KS, and Heather Copithke and husband Keith of Independence, KS; and grandchildren, Peter Hastings, Brandon and Elizabeth Moser, and Abbigale Copithke. A private memorial service was held on August 13. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com


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  1. Cathy Yell

    Many Blessings to Gene's family. He always had a cheerful smile for his co-workers in the lab. I will remember his laugh and kindness and patience.

  2. Patty Fienen
    Independence, KS

    Lala I'm so sorry to here about Gene. My prayers are with you.

  3. tenise fine
    Carbondale, KS

    I am so sorry for your loss and heavens gain of a beautiful soul. May Gods arms and angels surround you and yours during this time of remembering. Call or text anytime . Love tenise.

  4. Paula Barnett zHaines

    Gene taught me alot about lab work. He was a true gentleman.

  5. Sally Holliday
    Liberty, KS

    Yalala, Heather, and families, my heart goes out to you with great sympathy. May all of you share a special bond as you grieve together and be a comfort to one another. Blessings!

  6. Fred & June Veith
    Independence, KS

    So very sorry. Gene was a great example of a Christian is to be. Always had a smile. God Bless you Yalala and family. Such devotion for Gene was shown by you Yalala. We love you. Heather, you were a great daughter. I know he loved his family. Now he has found himself with a healthy body. Praise God.

  7. Claretta Brown
    Coffeyville, KS

    You and your family are all so kind and loving good Christian people. God holds a loving place for you all, now Gene awaits there. Love you

  8. rodney aduddell
    Coffeyville, KS

    RIP we all kw u as a gd man and worker here

  9. Gretchen Ann Rutherford
    Coffeyville, AK

    Yalala, Heather and family, Sorry to hear about Gene's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of your during this time. I remember working with you both at Elmore's years ago. Gene was always such a nice person.

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