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Vernon E. “Gene” Foley

Gene Foley was born February 7, 1930 in Johnson County, Missouri and departed this life on May 5, 2019 at his home in Raymore, Missouri, surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 89 years, 3 months and 3 days.

He was the son of Charles Thomas and Mary Pansy (Vannattan) Foley.

Gene spent his younger years in Cass County, Missouri. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, Gene made his home in Greenwood, Missouri where he served as a volunteer fireman with Prairie Township Fire Department. He also served as Chief of Police of Greenwood.

Gene worked for Bendix Corporation from 1955 until 1992, retiring with 37 years of service.

Gene enjoyed fishing and listening to country music, with George Jones, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sr., Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette, being among his favorites. The most important thing in Gene’s life, however, was his family. He dearly loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Foley; four brothers and four sisters.

He is survived by: one son, Vernon Foley, Jr. of Willard, Missouri; two daughters, Vickie Foley of Blue Springs, Missouri, and Shelly Smith and husband William of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; his long time companion, Nancy Jenkins of the home; one brother, Jim Foley and wife Dottie of Norborne, Missouri; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services for Gene Foley will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Casteel officiating. Casket Bearers will be William Smith, Brandon Foley, Grant Knopp, Gary Nichols, Lahri Powell and Kaleb Powell. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family of Gene Foley will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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  • Charles Sheets/Geneva Posted May 8, 2019 11:39 pm


  • Cheryl J Skinner, Military Veterans Musuem Posted May 9, 2019 4:17 am

    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Vernon E. Foley, give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Army Veteran, Vernon E, Foley, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  • Marsha Guittar Young Posted May 9, 2019 3:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss. As next door neighbors I remember listening to his country music coming from his truck in the drive. It was the first time I heard country music. He was always kind to me and always had a smile.
    Glad I knew him.

  • Artina Posted May 10, 2019 10:59 am

    I like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. It was never God’s intent that death should rule over mankind. – Romans 5:12; 1Corinthians 15:26, 55; God will do away with death. But for now God has provided hope-as stated at John 5:28, 29. During this most painful time please find comfort from God’s word.

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