Eugene Curtis Myers, Sr.
Eugene Curtis Myers Sr., 80, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House in Missouri.
Gene was born Feb. 23, 1931 in Philadelphia to the late H. Curtis and Ethel Myers. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Tess (Wittwer) Myers; a sister, the Rev. Joyce B. Myers-Brown of Atlanta; daughters Terry Franzen of Lenexa, Kanansas, and Barb Cantril of Overland Park; sons Gene Myers of Canton, Michigan, and Robert Myers of Olathe, Kansas; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Edward M. Brown of Atlanta; a daughter-in-law, Beth Myers of Canton; a son-in-law, Tom Franzen of Lenexa; a future son-in-law, Phil Collingwood of Leawood, Kansas; and grandchildren Lauren Cantril and Matthew Cantril of Overland Park and Jessica Franzen of Lenexa.
Gene grew up in Philadelphia and became an insurance executive for 37 years with CNA. He moved his family to Overland Park in 1974, when two parents, four kids, two cats, a rabbit and a tankful of tropical fish piled into a Ford Country Squire station wagon and headed west from Reading, Pennyslvania. He retired 12 years later at age 55 as CNA’s regional manager to devote his life to playing golf and gin rummy at Brookridge Country Club, where he recorded his hole-in-one and worked as a part-time starter. Besides golf and bowling, he had numerous hobbies, which he moved in and out of during his long life: painting, woodworking, candle making, collecting stamps and coins, tropical and salt water fish, radio-controlled planes and boats, and building model train displays. He had pet bulldogs much of his life — several dubbed Muggs — before falling for a chihuahua named Duke. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice House at www.kansascityhospice.org.