Eugene Dunnington Wilcox, the son of Leroy Seth and Orpha Rebecca (Dunnington) Wilcox, was born on October 14, 1913, in Harlan, Iowa. He was raised on a farm located near Tennant, Iowa. Eugene graduated from Tennant High School with the class of 1932. On September 25, 1936, Eugene married Alice Norma Buckman in Rock Port, Missouri, and the couple made their home in Harlan. In 1941, Eugene began trucking with his own truck. From 1954-1964, he worked as a salesman, first for Squeeler Feeds in Harlan, and later for Peets Feed of Council Bluffs, Iowa. He received sales awards each year from 1968-1974. Eugene also sold seed corn for McCurdy and Cargill. He retired from sales in 1980.
Eugene was a member of Christ’s Church in Harlan, Iowa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and traveling to visit family and friends. He had served as a volunteer fireman in Harlan and as a member of the Shelby County Fair Association.
Eugene D. Wilcox died on Saturday, September 24, 2005, at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Iowa, at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 10 days.
Preceding Eugene in death were his parents; his wife, Alice Norma Buckman, in Harlan, Iowa, on April 13, 1971; two sisters, Alice Lyon and Velma Sorensen; and two brothers, Virgil Wilcox and Gordon Wilcox. Survivors include his special friend, Eleanor Graves of Harlan, Iowa; one daughter, Janice Bradley of Des Moines, Iowa; three sons, Richard (Mildred) Wilcox of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Gary (Anne) Wilcox of Mission Viejo, California, and Norman (Mary Ellen) Wilcox of Grayson, Georgia; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Larry Fiscus of Christ’s Church in Harlan officiating. Casket bearers were Eddie Roos, Tim Klein, Dean Junker, Richard Joy, Ed Logan, and Jerry Kelley. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.