---- — Paul E. “Gene” Beckner, 57, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo. He was born the son of Paul E. and Shirley (Houncell) Beckner on April 30, 1956, in Kokomo.
Gene graduated from Western High School in 1974 and studied refrigeration, heating and cooling at IH Technical Institute. He then went on to drive trucks for CRST. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Shirley Beckner; children, Destrey Jones, Kokomo, Buddy McLay, Burlington, Eric “Alex” McMillian, Kokomo; sister, Kimberly (Andrew) Smith, Tucson, Ariz.; brothers, Timothy (Connie) Beckner, Wabash, Eddie Beckner, Russiaville; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jayce, and Carter McLay, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joshua Beckner.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Woodland Church of God, 3401 S. Webster St., with Pastor Mike Alley officiating. Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.