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ELLSWORTH — Eugene “Gene” Papa Peterman, Sr., 79, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Ellsworth. He was born March 27, 1940, in Lincoln County to Benjamin and Rosaline (Panzer) Peterman.

Gene was a longtime resident of Ellsworth where he married Aneta Jo Mitchell on April 22, 1968. He was a utilities construction superintendent working for Eatherly Contructors Inc. and Kiewit Corporation. He was also the former owner of the Pla-Mor pool hall in Ellsworth. Gene served his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and was a member and current commander of the Ellsworth American Legion Post 174. He was also a faithful member and current church president of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Ellsworth.

Gene is survived by his daughters, Christina Willems (Rick) of Crescent City, Calif., and Carolyn Dawson (Billy Parsons) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sons, Eugene C. Peterman, Jr. (Ami) of Frisco, Texas, and Steven Peterman (Erin) of Manhattan; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Sarah, Kurt, Chandra, Matthew, Joshua, Ryan, Aimee, Tyler, Kylie, Hayden, and Asher; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Jessie Kralik of Ellsworth; and brothers, Wallace Murphy of Alton and Robert Peterman (Sheila) of Little River. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Aneta; twin sons, Benjamin Mitchell and Thomas Allen; and sister, Mary Lou Pflughoeft.

Visitation: 2-8 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m.

Funeral service: 2 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, with burial following in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ellsworth American Legion Post 174 or the Ronald McDonald House Charities, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.