Paul Eugene "Gene" Cope, age 96, of Lamar, Missouri passed away October 11, 2022, at Joplin Heath and Rehabilitation Center in Joplin, Missouri.
Gene was born January 3, 1926 in Sikeston, Missouri to Franklin Cope and Katie (Pratt) Cope. On March 12, 1965, Gene married Dorothy "Dot" Jean Rivers in Denver, Colorado.
Gene was a retired shoe repairman. He met his wife Dot when they worked together in Denver, at "Cope's Shoe Repair and Hardware". They moved to Lamar in 1974 and in 1976 opened "Cope's Shoe and Boot Repair" in Nevada, Missouri and ran that for 37 years. Gene enjoyed water sports, fishing, horses and trail rides.
Survivors include his wife, Dot; one son, Paul Cope Jr. of Lamar, MO; two daughters, Sandy (Ron) Hayden of Lamar, MO., and Susan Sedillos of Eustis, Florida; three step-daughters, Dawn Westbrook of San Diego, California, Cynthia Fowler of Lamar, MO., and Andra Smith of Liberal, MO; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald Cope and A.J. Cope and one sister, Dorothy Baird.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., October 21, 2022 at Milford Christian Church with burial to follow at Howell Cemetery in Lamar, MO.
Contributions are suggested and made payable to Milford Christian Church General Fund in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
Condolences may be shared at www.dfhlamar.com