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Harrison Eugene “Gene” McMahan
Harrison Eugene “Gene” McMahanFlagHarrison Eugene “Gene” McMahan, 97, of LaRue, passed away peacefully at Kingston Residence of Marion, Monday morning, June 21, 2021.

He was born October 28, 1923 in Ridgeway to the late Chester and Bessie (Rayner) McMahan. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Cora Juanita “Skeet” (Banning) McMahan whom he married on Feb 17, 1943;  his brother John William, and his sisters Marjorie Stanley, Marcella Ridzon, and Anne McMahan.

He was a member of the LaRue United Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of LaRue.  He was a member of the American Legion and LaRue Lodge #463  Free and Accepted Masons, and a successful businessman, having been co-owner of the Knotty Pine Restaurant of 1950s fame and owner/operator of his barber shop in LaRue.

A member of the Greatest Generation, he came from a very modest background, suffered through the Great Depression, and served his country in the Army in France during World War II.  He was a dedicated father and husband and will be missed terribly.

He is survived by his son Paul and his wife Sharon (Bradley) of Pueblo, Colorado, grand children Lynne and Paige, and sister and brother-in-law Marge and Kenny Price of LaRue.  

The family is eternally grateful to Mary Snyder, Peggy and Milton Lightfoot, Tommy Ford, and Steve Craig for their friendship and support during Dad’s final years in LaRue.  Kindred Hospice and Kingston Residence of Marion provided gentle, loving care in his final days.  God bless you all.  

Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Pastor Mike Raypholtz will officiate. Burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Marion County United Veterans Council. Friends may call Monday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home in LaRue where Masonic Services will be conducted at 7:00 PM by LaRue Lodge #463 F&AM.

Memorial gifts may be made to the LaRue United Methodist Church at PO Box 327, LaRue, Ohio 43332

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Tracy Capell
Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 2:46 PM

My heart felt sympathy for your family in this time of loss. I grew up across the street from the McMahan’s.  I will always remember my parents, the Ridgways, the Sagers , and the Millers  always having card parties when I was little.  mr. McMahan’s yard was impeccable!   He was always in his yard in his shorts snd black knee socks.  He always had a kind word for me when ever we saw each other on the street., Unless we accidentally rode our bikes around the corner in his yard😳.  He was one of the best !  always in every parade saluting our flag with pride.  He holds a lot of great memories for me and LaRue.  Rest In Peace Mr. McMahan.  

#2 from: Barbara
Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 6:38 AM

so sorry to hear .  He was a good man.

#3 from: Matt Appelfeller
La Rue
Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 8:56 AM

Truly the end of an era, in La Rue. Gene, and Skeet, will hold a pleasant place in many of my memories forever  Gene was the best barber I ever had. A true man of commitment and patriotism. And a worthy adversary of any weed, anywhere.

#4 from: Kelly primavera
Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 2:40 PM

So sorry for the loss of Gene. Had nice talks with him while he still lived in town. I look at there house and think of them both.

#5 from: Becky Rynders
Abilene, TX
Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 3:57 PM

Paul & family - prayers and always remember the
good memories.
Becky Jacobs Rynders

#6 from: Karen K. Smith
Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 7:37 AM

Paul & family,
So sorry to hear of your father's passing. It's tough to let them go at any age!
My condolences.
Karen (Kirby) Smith

#7 from: Jack and Evelyn (Dix) Porter
Dawsonville, Georgia
Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 7:50 AM

Paul, we were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing.  May God be with you during this time.   Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

#8 from: MaryJane Fitzpatrick (Leibold) Fitzpatrick
Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 9:20 AM

Dear Paul, My prayers are with you and your family.  Your dad was such a kind and cheerful person.  God Bless.  Mary Jane

#9 from: Chuck Webster
Hudson, Fl
Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 10:57 AM

So sorry for your loss.

#10 from: william gilbert sr
Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 8:27 PM

Sorry for your loss.my sincere condolences to all of the family.

#11 from: Mary Lee
 Marion, OH
Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 12:34 PM

To Paul & family as well as many friends of Gene:
So sorry to hear of the passing of Gene. He was so active in LaRue Lodge 463. Your parents, Ralph and I shared many a banquet dinner together. I must say "thanks for the memories".  

#12 from: Kyle Stofcheck
Richwood, OH
Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 2:50 PM

I have good memories of Gene. He was my barber for my entire youth, as he was for just about every young man in LaRue. He was an example for me on how to take care of your property. Gene was always out tinkering or cleaning something up, the work was never done. His home was always just so! LaRue has lost one of its caretakers. Montgomery Township can thank Gene for all his work as clerk.

#13 from: Mark Appelfeller
Louisville, CO
Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 4:52 PM

To Paul & All of Gene's Family,
Very Sorry for your loss. There are a great many of LaRue who share your loss as Gene was such a great neighbor who generously served his family, country & community with great pride and humility.
Since I've lived away from LaRue & across the street, one of the things I miss the most is seeing your dad out caring for his immaculate yard and the chats we would have on the sidewalk or in the barber chair.

#14 from: Terry and Barb Kemp
Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 8:37 PM

We have so many fond memories of Gene and the “Gang”. At Coonies on Friday nights.  Our deepest sympathy to his family.

#15 from: Robyn Jones Hahnert
Columbus Ohio
Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 5:03 PM

Paul & family

It has been so many years ago, but sometimes it seems like yesterday we were all having Christmas together — your mom & dad, my mom & dad and the Sagers. Your dad has always been so kind to me. We have stayed in touch all these years thru
Christmas cards & such.  You have my deepest sympathies for your loss.

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