Funeral services will be held Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, rural Cherokee. Pastor Linton Lundeen of West Des Moines will officiate. Burial will be in the Good Hope Cemetery, rural Cherokee. There will be a family prayer service at 12:45 p.m. at the Church on Friday.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee and will continue at the church on Friday from noon until service time with the family present at the church at that time.
Gene was born Aug. 10, 1922 in Holstein, to Carl and LeNita (Ohlson) Kahl. He graduated from Holstein High School in 1940. He was married to Dorothy Jorgensen of Newell on Dec. 28, 1945 at Newell. He farmed land north of Holstein, homesteaded by his grandfather in 1883.
It was recognized as a Century Farm in 1983. They retired from farming in 1997, moving then to West Des Moines. For the past 23 years, they have wintered in their home in Phoenix.
He is remembered for his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, which began as a young man and continued throughout his lifetime. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in rural Cherokee until their move to West Des Moines, when he transferred his membership to Valley Evangelical Free Church. He was actively involved in Bible distribution with the Gideons and was also a former member of Kiwanis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six year old son, Daniel and a sister June Massey.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, of 61 years of West Des Moines; three daughters: Marigene (Bill) Petersen of Phoenix, Ariz.; Susan Kahl of Peoria, Ariz.; Deborah (Mark) Johnston of West Des Moines; four grandchildren: Jon Petersen of Chandler, Ariz.; Brittany Petersen of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kacie (Nate) Meyer of Iowa City; Steven Johnston of West Des Moines; two sisters: Shirley Balding of Jefferson; Barbara (Lawrence) Kjorness of Sioux City; a brother-in-law Mark Massey of Bay Springs, Miss. also many other relatives and friends.
The family request that memorials be made to Gideon's International, Valley Evangelical Free Church, Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, or Hospice of Central Iowa in Des Moines.