Gene grew up and went to school in Manes, Missouri.
He married Coma Leta McGowan. She passed away on May 24, 1966. He later married Alice Bishop. She passed away on August 27, 2004. Gene raised six children: Frank, Earl Gene, Rosie, Michael, Donald Ray, and Leta.
Gene lived in many places while working for L.O. Braton Construction. When Coma became sick, they moved to Manes, where he worked in a sawmill. He then went to work at Brown Shoe Company in Cabool, Missouri, where he retired after working twenty years.
Gene loved to garden. He had a green thumb and could often grow things others could not. He also loved to fish. He was a jokester and enjoyed cutting up with his friends and family.
Gene was saved at Bruner Church in the early 2000s.
Besides his parents and his two wives, Gene was preceded in death by one son, Earl Gene Crisp; a granddaughter, Kimberly D. Sutherland; and three brothers, Dale, Daryle “Buddy” and George Junior.
He is survived by two daughters, Rosie McIntosh and husband Dave of Mountain Grove, and Leta Sutherland and her husband David of Wright City, Missouri; three sons, Frank Muzzy of Mountain Grove, Michael Flynn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Donald Ray Crisp of Mountain Grove; three brothers, Eldon Crisp and wife, Deena of Manes, Paul Crisp and wife Norma of Manes, and Johnny Crisp and wife Marsha of Hartville, Missouri; six sisters, Audra Jackson and husband, Bill of Mountain Grove, Alice Strong of Cabool, Maxine French and husband Bob of Mountain Grove, Suzy McKee of Cabool, Judith Turner of Manes, and Dottie James of Mountain Grove; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many other family and friends who will miss him greatly.
Visitation was Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Funeral services were Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home with Ralph Baker officiating. Song selections were “Amazing Grace,” “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “I’ll Fly Away”. Pallbearers were Cody Michael Flynn, Jimmy Crisp, Michael Flynn, Randy Delcour, Dennis Crisp, and Dustin Turner. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Crisp, Dean Crisp, Eldon Crisp, Bob French, Frank Muzzy, Bill Jackson, and Joe Austin. Burial was at Manes Cemetery.