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Gene F. Wake

It is with sorrow to announce that Gene F. Wake, formerly of Hastings, passed away December 14, 2019 after a short illness.
Gene was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Carroll (Stark) Wake.
Gene was born July 1st,1931 in New Castle, IN to Cloyd and Stella (Field) Wake. Young Gene attended New Castle schools and graduated in 1949. Gene joined the Army, and served first in with a mortar unit before transferring into the Finance Corp.
After being honorably discharged, he attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN. It was the start of an academic career that would end with two bachelors’ degrees and a master’s in education. It was at Ball State that he met Nancy Stark. The two were married in 1952 and were blessed with three children: Darrell, Steve, and Randy.
Gene spent most of his adult life working in education, spending 30+ years as the principal of Prairie Heights Elementary. After retirement, he and Nancy took frequent trips to the Southwest and Mexico, often disappearing for weeks at a time on the road. The two moved to Hastings in 1999 to be closer to family.
Gene will be remembered for his warm personality, great sense of humor, and a love of mystery novels. Later in life, he made it a point to have a beer with his neighbors.
His legacy will live on in his sons, their children, and the countless other children whose life he was a part of. He was loved by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and will be missed.
Visitation will be on January 2, 2020 at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.  
Memorial contributions to Barry County Commission on Aging will be appreciated.  Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Gene’s family.

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