In Loving Memory
Gene Wriston, age 90, of Sidney, NE, passed from this life Wednesday morning, October 31, 2012, at the Sidney Regional Medical Center with his four girls and other family members at his side. Gene had lived in Sidney since 1954 making many friends. One special friend was Ed Haupt who was like a son to him and Gene always enjoyed playing cards with Ed in his later years.
Private family funeral services will be held. He will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Josie in the Greenwood Cemetery with Military Honors.
Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from 1-7 P.M.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s name to Sidney Regional Medical Center Hospice or the donor’s choice.
You may view Gene’s Book of Memories, leave photos, stories or condolences at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Gene’s care and funeral arrangements.
Eugene Roy Wriston, the son of Claude Orville and Annie (Scott) Wriston, was born on December 18, 1921, at Liberal, KS. Following his education Gene helped on the family farm. He was called off to the service in 1942 and served during World War II and received his Honorable Discharge in April of 1946. He met his beautiful soul-mate Josette Seve’ while in France and were married on March 23, 1946, before returning to the states. Upon their return, they settled in Liberal, KS where Gene worked on the Oil Rigs. In 1954, they moved to Sidney where Gene managed and owned Sidney Trailer Sales for many years. He purchased a small farm where he began raising wheat and livestock. Gene loved the farm and enjoyed being out on the tractor. In later years he helped his children farm when his health allowed it. He loved being out in the wheat fields and being around cattle. In younger years Gene loved to bowl and was very good at it. He and his friends went to many tournaments and did a great job. He enjoyed horseback riding and joined the Sidney Saddle Club where he and his girls were able to spend time together at many functions and overnight rides. Gene was always willing to help someone out. He was active in the Elks Club, the Saddle Club, St. Patrick’s Booster Club and volunteered to help with special projects for St. Patrick’s Church. He loved sports and especially liked watching his children and grandchildren participate, and was even fortunate enough to see his great-grandchildren participate in some of their sporting activities. Gene was always there for his children no matter what they pursued and he will be greatly missed.
Special thanks to the nurses at Sidney Regional Medical Center, the Hospice Program and his longtime family physician Dr. Cal Cutright and to Sister Marietta Spenner who was there when times were tough.
Survivors include his (4) daughters: Denise Billups of Sidney, Pam Wieser and husband Pat of Sidney, Theresa Larson of Belle Plaine, MN and Sherry Loos and husband Craig of Wahoo, NE; grandchildren: Rachel Billups, Michelle Bauman, Tyler Wieser, Sandy Waitley, Whitney Pohlan, Chase Larson, Kyle Kelsey and Connor Loos; great-grandchildren: Venessa Billups, Brett Uribe, Carley and Cade Waitley, Zakary, Emilee and Lilee Wieser and Izabelle Bauman. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Josie in 1988, (4) brothers, (1) sister and his parents.