Alva (Gene) Eugene Pollock was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on January 29, 1928, the son of David Danford and Verda Olivia (Walters) Pollock. He departed this life on August 15, 2021 at age of 93 years, six months and 17 days at Cox Hospital, Springfield, Missouri, with his wife at his side.
He was drafted into service his senior year but was given a deferment to finish high school. He then enlisted into the Navy on May 15, 1946. One of his jobs was to disassemble warships and put them into moth balls at Charleston, South Carolina. He was honorably discharged March 10, 1948.
He attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield for one year, then he moved back to Mountain Grove, Missouri, where he met the love of his life, Wanda, on a blind date. They were united in marriage on September 13, 1951 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. After the birth of their first child, Gene went to work at the Mountain Grove Post Office in 1954. They were blessed with two more children. After 30-plus years he retired on September 28, 1984.
He and Wanda spent several winters in the sunny south, then came back to the Ozark hills where they bought a home on a hill where they enjoyed watching wildlife from their back window. He was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Mountain Grove.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James David and William Robert Pollock; and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth (Pollock) Adams and Dorothy May (Pollock) Lawson.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda of the home; one son, Terry Eugene and wife Judy; two daughters, Carolyn Jo Turner and husband Larry and Vera Mae; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Williams, Alison McQueary, Benjamin Loney, Brian Pollock, Jessica Rauch, Kinder Gray, Heath Loney and Douglas Turner; fourteen great-grandchildren, Chassity Wilson, Bryce Loney, Chase Wilson, Courtney Loney, Greggory McQueary, Kylar Pollock, Anna McQueary, Autumn Loney, Cameron McQueary, Grace Loney, Colin Williams, Ethan Loney, Madison Gray and Lincoln Rauch; two great-great-grandchildren, Kinleigh Rose Brown and Rivers Sawyer Brown; one sister, Anne Gaddis; as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins by the dozens and a host of friends.
Per Gene’s request, his body has been donated to Missouri University Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.