Obituary of Gene Sorden
Gene Sorden, 89, of Windsor, Missouri, died Saturday evening, August 14, 2021, at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton, Mo. He was born February 7, 1932, in Green County, Mo., to Marion A.I. Sorden and Dovie (Edwards) Sorden. On October 17, 1953, he was united to Nona Marie Daugherty at Higginsville Baptist Church. She preceded him in death on December 2, 2017. He worked in the coal mines as a young man and eventually joined the United States Army, which he was so very proud. In 1953, he met the love of his life, Nona, and then came to make their home in Windsor a few weeks after their first born, a son Terry Gene, was born in 1955. Gene was a car mechanic for many years, then graduated to tractors, saying they were easier to reach. He and Nona eventually worked together as custodians at CMSU (now UCM) in Warrensburg, from where they retired. Gene always loved to sing and play his guitar and banjo. He was also a regular at all the coffee shops and loved the fact they all knew him by name. He was also a regular at the Windsor Senior Center and enjoyed playing the piano there all day. Visiting the nursing home was another pastime and he was always welcome there. Last but not least, his favorite time of the year was mowing season and nobody’s yard in the neighborhood was safe! Survivors include 2 daughters, Winona Hunter (Terry), Windsor, Mo., Nancy Anders (Lynny), Pleasant Hill, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Sorden, Clinton, Mo.; a sister, Ruth Hargis, Warrensburg, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Mae, Julie, Kevin, Nikki, Melody, TJ, Zach, Willie, Marie-Etta, and Clint; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his wife Nona, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Terry Gene; 2 sisters, Mary and Ruby; and 5 brothers, Elmer, Wilson, Art, William, and Jessie. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, with Pastor Pete Hill officiating. Friends may also pay their respects and sign the book from 3:00 p.m. until the 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family recommends masks or social distancing during the service. The family suggests contributions to the Windsor Senior Center in care of the funeral home.