Gene Coen


ELKHART — Gene Coen, 54, of Elkhart, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart.

ELKHART — Gene Coen, 54, of Elkhart, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart.

He was born May 19, 1958, in Lincoln, Neb., to Kelvin and Geraldine Meredith Coen.

He grew up in Elkhart and was a graduate of Elkhart High School.

Mr. Coen was previously employed by Chaparral Energy, LLC, as a pumper.

On May 9, 1982, he married Vickie E. Merklin in Liberal.

Survivors include his wife; his mother; two sons, Brandon Coen of Woodward, Okla., and Wesley Coen of Elkhart; two daughters, Wendy Coen-Caldwell of Guymon, Okla., and Heather Lafond of Elkhart; one brother, Tim Coen of Elkhart; two sisters, Teresa Overpeck of Elkhart and Cindy Ewing of Guymon; and eight grandchildren.

Gene is preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, Verl and Ethel Coen, and Millard Meredith.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart. Memorial contributions may be given to the Morton County Mud Run, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 514 Kansas Ave., Elkhart, KS 67950.


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