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Paul Eugene “Gene” Fast, age 91, passed away suddenly in his home, Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014, while getting dressed to go to his daily morning breakfast at Denny’s.  He was born in Liberal, Missouri, April 8, 1922 to Paul Cruiser and Jane Alta (Gilmartin) Fast.

Paul was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 21 in 1943.  His basic training was as a cook and baker at Ft. Knox, KY.  He then transferred to the 748th Tank Battalion that trained in Brous, AZ.  This was a secret division and the soldiers were not allowed to inform their families where they were located during training or while they were overseas.  He fought in France in 1944, and during 1945 and 1946 he was in Germany, Netherlands, and Austria.  Paul received four Bronze Stars while serving his country.  He was discharged in January, 1946.  During basic training in Ft. Knox, he met Stella Mae Hammond at an ice cream parlor while on a weekend leave.  They were married April 7, 1946, at a Methodist parsonage in New Albany, Indiana and had shared 58 years together before her death November 11, 2004.

Gene brought his bride back to Missouri and lived on a ranch south of Bronaugh, MO, and started farming and has farmed ever since then.  He and Stella moved to Lamar in 1994, but continued their farming operation.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Lamar, Lamar VFW and American Legion in Liberal.  He had a love for animals and two days prior to his death he had acquired three new miniature donkeys and was looking forward to playing with them this spring.  He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attended as many of their sporting events that he could.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Ron McReynolds of Joplin, Missouri; a son, Taylor Fast of Wichita, Kansas; two granddaughters and their husbands, Tamela & Larry Dighero of Carthage, Missouri and Allison & David Dugan of Lamar; a step-grandson, Ron McReynolds of Mission, Kansas.  Great-grandchildren include Kassidee Kaiser, Warrensburg, MO, Rachel and Matthew Dugan, Lamar, and Eric McReynolds, Kansas City, MO.  Also surviving is one brother, Thayne Fast, Lebanon, MO; one sister, Phyllis (Fast) Carpenter, Richmond, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Stella, Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Jane and Paul Fast, one brother Orin Taylor, and three sisters, Martha Nell Elbrader, Joan Brenner and Ruby Riley.

His family would like to thank Gene’s neighbors both in town and at the farm for checking on him and to the waitresses at Denny’s.

Services will be 2:00pm Saturday, February 1st at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.  Visitation will be a 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Barton City Cemetery near Liberal, Missouri.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton City Cemetery in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Comments  

#10 Lamar MoSteve King 2014-02-12 00:57
Taylor and family, I was very saddened to hear of Gene passing. I would have been there for the funeral had I not been in Florida on a job. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. My grandmother enjoyed talking to him and I enjoyed taking him homemade jam and jelly. I think God needed another soldier...
You are in my prayers...
Steve
#9 Wichita, KSRebecca & Bert Holleman 2014-02-02 14:37
Taylor and Family, We're so very sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like someone we would have liked to know. You're in our thoughts.
#8 Lamar MoCarl &Margaret Compton 2014-01-31 20:10
God's love & blessing to your family at this time. We will miss him
#7 Joplin, MOCathy McClanahan Fast Bell 2014-01-31 11:59
Sheila and Taylor, so sorry to hear of Uncle Gene's passing. He was a great guy, always so fun to be around. He always treated Jenny and I so good. You have a lot of great memories. God Bless you and I will be praying for you.
#6 Lamar, MODenzil Divine 2014-01-31 10:21
Sheila and Taylor

Will greatly miss your dad, we all had many fun times at your house on Sunday afternoons, May God give you comfort and peace at this time ...
#5 Patricia Doyle 2014-01-30 18:14
I am so sorry to find this out! My prayers are with all of you. He was a great man and will ne missed. May God Bless and help you through this sad time.



Patti ( Square danced)
#4 Lamar ,Mo.Susan Bronson 2014-01-30 13:46
I will miss seeing his smiling face at Dennys everyday . He was such a joy to wait on and quite a humorous man always had something funny to say. Wont be the same not to see him waiting on his waffle. May God be with you all
#3 Tina Felkner 2014-01-30 12:53
Sheila

I was so very sorry to read about your father. He was such a joy when he came to visit you at the office. God bless you and your family.

Tina
#2 Bob and Sally Fast 2014-01-30 09:36
Shiela and Taylor,

We will miss talking to Gene at the ball games and his smile.

Praying for Gods comfort for your
family.

Bob
#1 New Albany IndianaCarl Martin 2014-01-29 14:52
Dear Shiela and Taylor:

So sad to hear about Gene.

Would be there if I was able. At 96 I don't get out much from the nursing home.

Will be thinking of you all on Saturday.

With love,

Uncle Carl

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