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Gene Motsinger

Lloyd Eugene Motsinger, better known as Gene, was born just across the Missouri line in Iowa on February 24, 1929. He was the sixth child born to Albert Leander and Eunice Ellen (Hardy) Motsinger. Gene grew up in this area helping farm and attending Jackson school and Chestnut Ridge.

Gene joined the U.S. Army on January 10, 1956 and was stationed in Germany.

Gene married Bertha May Brown on December 30, 1952 at Villisca, Iowa. They made their home in Ringgold County. Gene farmed and worked at Ames Cross Garage; Roe Implement; and retired after working 24 years for the Department of Transportation for the State of Iowa.

He loved visiting with everyone he met and matched quarters with many friends around town.

Gene and Bertha always enjoyed going to parades around the county and attending music events. Gene was a favorite among all the nieces and nephews; telling them stories and giving rides on his Ford tractor and pickup. He loved to visit and he enjoyed attending the Motsinger reunion, the Jackson school reunion and the Watterson reunion. Gene was always teasing someone and telling a joke. His nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews were extra special to him.

Gene passed away May 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Bertha; his parents; 2 sisters Dale Jarred and Minnie Stringham; 3 brothers Lester A., Elmer "Yum", and James Clifford "Doc"; and 2 nieces Betty Adair and Shirley Holden.

Those left to mourn his passing include nieces and nephews Allyn (Nancy) Jarred of Tingley, IA, Bill (Norma) Stringham of Benton, IA, Myrna (Rex) Luko of West Des Moines, IA, Beverly (Chuck) Cochran of Sacemento, CA, Sandra Black of Trenton, MO, Roger Motsinger of Olathe, KS, Debra Burk of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law Jean Motsinger of Villisca, IA, great nieces and nephews Brad Holden, Dan Adair, Edwin Adair, Jarred Luko, Sarah Luko, David Stringham, Donna Stringham, Billie Adli, Penny Spencer, Larry Jarred, Monica Weiderholt, Mollie Walters, Paige Sites and Brittany Sites; quarter matchers and friends.

A memorial fund has been established for the Kirk Cemetery at Allendale, MO.

  • Open Viewing

    May 11, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    May 11, 2015
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    May 12, 2015
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday May 12 2015

    Kirk Cemetery

    Allendale, MO


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Guestbook

I will always remember spending time with Uncle Gene and Aunt Bertha at their farm near Mt Ayr. Riding on his restored Ford tractors, swinging in the barn, and being introduced to Braunschweiger. Uncle Gene always had a great story or joke to tell and a knife that was sharpened almost as keen as his wit. I am thankful that I had the chance to see him recently when I was able to come back to the States and share some time with him. I will miss my visits, his quick smile, and his trusty overalls.

Posted by Jarred Luko - Pyeongtaek, South Korea - Nephew   May 12, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Gene & Bertha were long-time and cherished friends of my parents, Ray & Freda Baker. I will always remember how they all laughed and talked together. Gene had a very kind, gentle soul. He will be missed.

Posted by Judy Claypool - Grant City, MO - Friend   May 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Gene and Bertha lived behind me when I lived in Mt Ayr. I traveled during the week so they were always so good to take care of my place while I was not there, including putting my trash can out and putting it back. I never asked them to do it, they just did it. That is the kind of people they were. They sure did take care of this girl! Even after Bertha passed, I continued to bring Christmas goodies to him and I enjoyed seeing him. He will be greatly missed by all. God Bless the memories for all of you, I know I am very thankful to have had such genuine friends in my life.

Posted by Kristen Akers - Kellerton, IA   May 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I grew up in the northwest corner of Mount Ayr and the Motsinger''s lived two blocks from us. It was always a pleasure to run into Gene. He would always ask if we had everything in line up on our corner. I would always ask him the same question. Somehow we started calling him the Mayor or Northwest Mt Ayr. What a wonderful sense of humor he had. The world would be a much better place if there were more people like Gene Motsinger in it. RIP Mayor Motsinger!

Posted by Paula Webb Rychnovsky - Rippey, IA - friend and neighbor   May 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Gene and Bertha lived near us. Gene was often tinkering with his car and he and Bertha were always ready to chat. Really great "down home " folks.

Posted by Richard Pence - Kellerton, IA - Friend and former neighbor   May 10, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Gene was a great guy and used to come and sit in my grandparents kitchen. He and Bertha only lived about a block down the street, and when you saw Mitizi coming down the sidewalk, you knew that Gene and or Bertha were on the way! My favorite memory of Gene was when he used to tell us that he didn''t have a birth certificate, so he couldn''t have been born, and didn''t know how the Army was ever able to draft him because of it! He will be GREATLY missed!! Heaven gained another wonderful Angel! Prayers and thoughts to Gene''s family.

Posted by Brenda Hontz Atkins - Ponca City, OK - John and Annabel''s granddaughter   May 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM