Edgar "Gene" Palser, 58, of Creston, IA passed away at his home on Friday, March 3, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Hastings Community Church (formerly known as the Hastings United Methodist Church) in Hastings. Burial will be in the Hastings Cemetery. Visitation at the church will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Malvern is caring for Gene and his family.
** In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Gene's honor. **
Edgar "Gene" Eugene Palser, Jr. was reunited with his parents, brother Steve and other family and friends in Heaven on March 3, 2023. He passed away in his home surrounded by his children, Ryan and Shelby, sister Janet and family and friends who loved him.
Gene was born May 1, 1964 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Gene Sr. and Mary Palser. He grew up and had an amazing childhood in Hastings, Iowa. He attended Nishna Valley Community Schools until 1979 when he and his parents moved to Creston, Iowa. There he attended Creston High School and graduated in 1982. While in school he played baseball and became an all-state player. After high school he attended South West Iowa Community College in Creston where he also played baseball. He had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player but an injury prevented that from becoming a reality. So, he lived his dream of sports through his children.
In 1983 his father was transferred on the railroad to West Quincy, Missouri and he moved with his parents to Palmyra, Missouri. While living in Palmyra he worked for American Safety, a seatbelt factory. He made some very good lifelong friends in Missouri some who he kept in touch with after moving back to Creston in 1987. He also met his future wife Lisa while living in Palmyra. She moved to Creston with him and they were married in Palmyra in 1990. They were blessed with two children, Ryan Wade and Shelby Joann. Gene and Lisa later divorced and he never re-married. He resided in Creston the remainder of his life where most of the jobs he had were his own businesses, snow removal, sandblasting, painting and working on cars. He had worked in the maintenance department at the Greater Regional Health Hospital in Creston and he also worked as a ground's keeper for the
Greenfield Country Club and Pine Valley golf courses in the Creston area. In recent years he drove a semi-truck and he loved to talk about and watch shows on trucking.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Gene Sr. and Mary Palser, his paternal grandparents, George and Exie Palser, his maternal grandmother Myrza Vanderpool, and his brother Steve Carley.
He is survived by his children, Ryan and Shelby (Dakota Colburn), his brothers, Clifford Palser and Dan Carley (Mary), sister Janet Carley, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many great friends.
Julie Chandler wrote on Mar 8, 2023:
"my first love, i will miss your smile so dearly! You were an honest, loving, decent human being with a heart too big for this world. Until we meet again, find my father in Heaven, he will know all the best fishing spots! Thank you for healing my heart. Love, Julie C."
Elaine and Brett Barns wrote on Mar 8, 2023:
"You will be sorely missed here on earth so fly high "little Gene". Heaven gained another angel."
Kim Mullin/ Whittington wrote on Mar 8, 2023:
"Ryan and Shelby,
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad! He was always so nice and helpful to me. He would come and watch you two at Jr. Golf and just BEAM... Always pleasant and quick to ask how I was doing... He mentioned you both, EVERYTIME I ran into him. God Bless you both and continue to tell his stories so that his memory will live on! Much Love to you both from the Mullin/ Whittington Family. "
Phyllis Cavanaugh wrote on Mar 7, 2023:
"Condolences to Gene?s family??RIP Gene??"
Marie White-Flynn wrote on Mar 6, 2023:
"We were Blessed to have Gene as our next door neighbor & good friend. Ryan, Shelby, and the rest of the family, he become part of our family too. If you knew Gene, you loved him. Such a kind & loving man who left us way too soon. Precious memories will comfort & carry us through? until we get there Gene O. Gone but never forgotten, in our hearts forever????
Rich & Marie"
Virginia Tallmon-Foster wrote on Mar 6, 2023:
"Heaven gained a good one that?s for sure! Our memories, especially Troys, we will hold close to our hearts until we meet again! We know you are watching over all of us! RIP Gene!"
Kathy Eblen wrote on Mar 4, 2023:
"RIP Gene. See you on the other side someday my friend. "
Kathy Eblen wrote on Mar 4, 2023:
"RIP Gene. See you on the other side someday. "