Gene Allen Howard, 66, died in Syracuse of natural causes on Aug. 14, 2019. He was born May 12, 1953, in Quinter to Bill Howard and Twila Curtis Howard.

Gene is survived by his son, Shane Allen Howard of Los Angeles; brothers, Dale Howard of Hutchinson, David Howard of Dighton and Gary Howard of Overland Park; and one sister June Schneider of Great Bend.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Bill and Vera Curtis and Donald and Agnes Howard.

A lifelong resident of Dighton, he attended Emporia State University where he studied geography. On July 4, 1981, he married Denise Volpe. Gene was a farmer and cattleman in Lane County.

The public is invited to share their memories of Gene during a celebration of life at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Pete’s Place, 100 E. Plum St., Dighton. The family suggests memorials to the Lane County Amusement Association, 157 N. Highway 23, Dighton, KS 67839.