Eugene "Gene" Kanour, age 80 of Albia, Iowa passed away Monday, October 22, 2012 at his home.
Gene was born April 18, 1932 in Burham, Pennsylvania, the son of Paul Eugene and Margaret Ruth (Kurtz) Kanour. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1950 and served his country faithfully for ten years. Gene served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on July 18, 1960.
He married Ruth Mason on July 25, 1964 in Newton, Iowa.
After military life, Gene moved to Marshalltown, Iowa in order to attend telegraphy school to learn about the railroad system. Following completion of telegraphy schooling, Gene made the decision to go to work for Emerson Fisher Controls in Marshalltown. He held numerous positions in this company for thirty years. Gene retired from the company in 1994.
In his retirement Gene enjoyed life to the fullest degree. He loved riding motorcycles and in fact, he had traveled all over the United States on his "bike." Gene also enjoyed being an outdoorsman, including his passions for hunting and fishing. He also liked watching the races on the television.
He was a member of several organizations, including the National Rifle Association and the Albia American Legion. Gene and his wife Ruth had been attending the Church of the Nazarene in Moravia. Furthermore, Gene enjoyed being an usher at the church on Sundays.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Kanour of Albia, Iowa; three children, Paul Kanour of Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania, Debbie (Andrew) Sobota of Defiance, Ohio, and William (Stephanie) Kanour of Chariton, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father Paul Eugene Kanour on March 28, 1977; his mother Margaret Ruth Kanour on September 7, 1997; and his sister Nancy Spearing on July 13, 2012.
Funeral services with military rites will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Moravia with Pastor Terry Chapman officiating. There will be no visitation and per family request, Eugene will be cremated following the funeral service. A memorial has been established to the family and may be given to Lange Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.