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Armstrong Funeral Home
Friday May 27th, 2022

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Middle Fork Cemetery
Friday May 27th, 2022

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Middle Fork Cemetery
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Gene Trullinger

      Paul Eugene Trullinger, who would be known as Gene, was born in Silverton, Oregon on September 16, 1942, to Paul and Darlene (Scott) Trullinger. Gene, and his parents, lived in a brooder house which was converted into a small home, on the property of his uncle, John and Ruth Trullinger, in Molalia, Oregon. He was welcomed by his cousin, Ardith Trullinger, who was a special person in Gene's life, and considered him as her "baby brother”.

      Gene later moved to Waterson, Iowa, to live with grandparents, Minnie and Jack Scott, while his father Paul, served in the U.S. Army. Eventually Gene and his mother would accompany Paul to various Army bases. He was in Ortonville, MN with his parents on D Day and was happy knowing they would soon be returning home to Ringgold County.

      In the next few years, Gene welcomed siblings Roger, Gwen, Quita and Kent. As a child, Gene enjoyed 4- H activities and showing livestock. He attended school in Benton, Redding, Delphos, Allendale, MO and Mount Ayr. Gene obtained his GED and took classes at DMACC, where he was on the Honor Roll. Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963. Prior to leaving for the Navy, he asked his best friend, Allan Jared, to check in on his siblings during his absence. While enlisted in the Navy, he was a Sea Bee Welder, stationed in San Diego. Later he was stationed in Bermuda, Cuba, and Scotland. He spoke about digging fox holes in Cuba preparing for Bay Of Pigs Invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis. He never missed an opportunity to have fun along the way, enjoying boxing and meeting others in different countries. While on leave, he would work on various construction jobs, including building runways at the Des Moines Airport.

        In 1965, Gene married and started a family with Bobbi West and daughter Jamie. Later, Gene and Bobbi then welcomed Jon, Jackie, and Jodi. Tingley was their home until moving to rural Kent and eventually moving back to Tingley. Gene operated a sawmill, did welding, and operated a fur buying business. He would sell hides to Japan and Canada, working with Belt Fur in Missouri. Gene hired Mike Avitt and Tony Butler during this time and continued their friendship to this day. Gene also enjoyed his draft horses and Coon hunting dogs. He would enter competition and bring home many trophies.

     Gene would eventually move to Union Star, Missouri with his childhood friend Glee (Bear) Tony and worked in St. Joseph as a welder; worked for the State Highway Dept and in the Missouri Prison system teaching guys how to weld. He has recently been working for a friend, JR, taking care of the championship dogs and enjoying going to shows and competitions around the country. He had become an active member of the Baptist Church at Union Star and helped with pizza parties for the football players.  Gene said his greatest accomplishment in life was his kids because they are ambitious and hard working.

   Gene led a fulfilled, active life, filled with many unique stories and adventures. On 2/22/22, at St. John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas, he passed away peacefully. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Pearl and Irving Trullinger, grandparents Minnie and Jack Scott; parents Paul and Darlene Trullinger; and brother Roger Trullinger.

        Gene is survived by his children Jamie (Keith) Miller, Jon (Tracey) Trullinger, Jackie (Keith) Werner and Jodi Trullinger; siblings Gwen Trullinger, Quita (Ron) Bethards, Kent (Debbie) Trullinger; many nieces, nephews and grandkids.

        Memorials are to Ringgold Post #172, American Legion in Mount Ayr and Middle Fork Cemetery. 

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I just want to thank Bill Armstrong for his fearless conviction in speaking the Truth, which is Jesus Christ and what He did for us at the Cross of Calvary. This service was beautiful, and it means the world to me, and others who couldn't be there, to have access to it via this website. Thank you Armstrong family, for the invaluable service you consistently provide. Love to all my cousins and aunts and uncles. You did uncle Gene right!

Andy Trullinger May 28 2022 5:49 PM

I feel so lucky to have been a part of Uncle Gene's family. I have endless memories of growing up with my cousins at the Fur Shop (home place). Tingley was good to us kids growing up, and Uncle Gene and the rest of the family were a big part of our childhood. It was also such a blessing to get to know Uncle Gene better as an adult and to see him turn his life around and get saved. That gives me the best feeling! I am looking forward to our reunion in Heaven one day. Love you, cousins, and thank you everyone who came yesterday to celebrate Uncle Gene's life with us.

Melanie Knapp May 28 2022 3:30 PM

That was a beautifully written obituary. I didn't know a lot of those things about Gene's life. I had kept in touch with him from time to time and he was always glad to talk and reminisce about family. they were very important to him.

Linda R Konnath Mar 10 2022 4:55 PM

Where to start. May the Peace of the Lord God be with the family. I think of you each and every time I load an electrode.

Steve O'Grady Mar 7 2022 7:05 AM

The Hillyard family will miss Gene more than words can explain! He was a great mentor and friend! He took my husband under his wing and showed him the ropes of coon hunting! Gene was given the nickname of crash by me and I think he truly enjoyed it. We always had a great laugh when we were together! His laugh was one we could point out across a room! He was so excited to know we would be expecting another baby soon and would always give my husband encouragement. We loved Gene like another Grandfather and his loss will be felt for ever! Rest easy crash! We love you!

John and Courtney Hillyard Mar 4 2022 10:07 AM

Our oldest brother Gene took care of all four of us younger kids later Roger took on that role. Gene had an interesting life and made many friends along the way. He always appreciated the kindness of friends. Thanks for posting your kind words and thoughts Quita

Quita & Ron Bethards Mar 4 2022 8:32 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gene Trullinger

Ron & Quita Bethards Mar 4 2022 8:27 AM

Sorry for your loss

Mick and Patty Still Mar 3 2022 1:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gene Trullinger

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A candle was lit in memory of Gene Trullinger

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