Roy Eugene "Gene" Newman, 90 years young, formerly of Green Forest, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2020 in South Jordan, Utah with his family nearby.
Gene was born February 18, 1930 in Blue Eye, Missouri to Adrain and Verna
(McNair) Newman. He was raised in Oak Grove, Arkansas along with his older brother Rex Hedrick and his beloved sister, Ethel. He joined the US Army serving two years stationed in Fritzlar, Germany and Schweinfurt, Germany.
After returning home in 1949 he married Vella Lea Hayhurst. They had four children, Kelly Gene, Mary, Janet and Susan. He later married Faye Haley and they had one son, Derick Eugene.
A physically strong hard worker his whole life Gene worked a variety of jobs all over the United States. Like his dad, Adrain and his grandfather Mack, he was an accomplished carpenter and a jack of all trades. As a young boy his first job was picking tomatoes on the Hayhurst homestead for Freeman Hayhurst, who later became his brother-in-law and Gene remained lifelong friends of the family. His early years he worked in a cannery in San Francisco, CA and a farmworker and ditch rider in Southern Idaho. Gene was a self-employed iron worker always on the move installing rebar in swimming pools from California and Arizona to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.Gene's life and hands were rarely idle.
His later years he returned to Green Forest, Arkansas living with his two best boys, "dachshund puppies" Hayde and Pepper who brought him great joy and comfort. Gene continued staying busy in his retirement years buying and maintaining rental homes right up until the time he moved to Utah with his two puppies in 2019 to live near his children and family.
Gene enjoyed traveling, visiting family and friends, sharing a beer with his old buddies and his skillful playing of dominos. He liked eating a good home cooked meal, chocolate pie (actually anything chocolate) and a cup of coffee. His love of chocolate began with his mama's homemade chocolate gravy and biscuits.
Gene is survived and loved by his five children, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Many special nephews and nieces who loved and called him "Unk", cousins, numerous friends and his two puppies, Hayde and Pepper being cared for and loved by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mike.
We will miss Gene's stubborn, independent and roaming free spirit. Till we meet again.
Gene will be laid to rest at a later date in the Blue Eye Missouri Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.