Eugene “Gene” L. Pursley

Gene Pursley

Eugene “Gene” L. Pursley, 59, of North Platte, passed away Feb. 9, 2019, at his home surrounded by family.

Gene was born Sept. 18, 1959, in Stratton to George Walter and Josephine (Deal) Pursley. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1978 and moved to North Platte for electrical and refrigeration schooling.

He worked at Pappas Standard for many years and then in 1985 was hired at the North Platte Public Schools and worked his way up to Director of Building, Grounds and Transportation. At the time of his death, he was in his 34th year of service.

On July 5, 1986, he married Tammy Johnson in North Platte at the Nazarene Church. He was a past member of the Eagles Club, he loved Husker football, square dancing, bowling, fishing, hunting and playing cards. He was instrumental in helping many young men complete their Eagle Scout projects. He will be remembered for his work ethic, his willingness to help others and being a friend to everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Josephine Pursley; brothers Ernest and LeRoy Williams; sister Jacki Wilson; and father- and mother-in-law, Clarence and Rita Johnson.

Gene is survived by his wife, Tammy of North Platte; sons Derek (Dehjin) Pursley, and Zach Pursley, both of North Platte, and Tyler (Tristan Johnson) Pursley of Lincoln; five grandchildren Kayson, Bentley, Chevy, Porscha and Enzo, all of who called him Papa; brother Steve (Bonnie) Pursley; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

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Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Parkview Community Church of Nazarene with the Rev. James Trippett officiating. Burial will follow at North Platte Cemetery. Gene’s family requests that those attending the service wear Husker apparel. Visitation will from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 12, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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