Eugene was born around Springdale, Ark., the oldest of four children born to George and Emily Hammonds Youngman.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel 682 1725 Road Delta, with Jane Dupree, Hospice chaplain officiating.
Interment will follow at the Mesa View Cemetery, Delta.
At the age of four he and his parents moved by horse and wagon to Baca County, Colo., to homestead. They lived there for about 3 years and then moved to Grand Valley, Colo., where they again homesteaded on Piceance Creek. About 1925 they all moved back to Baca County where he attended a one-room school and Kim (Colorado) High School. There he met the love of his life Lorene McClure who he married on Sept. 23, 1933, in Springfield. They were married for 78 years before she preceded him in death in December 2011. They had two daughters Muriel Swallow of Rifle, Colo., and Kay Alsdorf of Delta, Colo.
Eugene was a farmer and rancher and did his first farming with a team of horses. They lived and farmed on the Eastern Slope until 1957 when they moved to Delta to farm. Gene and his wife made many friends, played lots of pinochle, fished and hunted. They also did a good amount of traveling in their camper and motor homes.
He leaves behind a loving family, Muriel and Gary Swallow and Kay and Forrest Alsdorf. Grandchildren and their families, Kirk and Trina Swallow, Kris and Jody Swallow, Dee Ann and Steve Rothstein, Lorena Jackson-Cooper, and Dawna Jean McConnell, 10 great grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorene, two brothers and one sister.
He was dearly loved by all his family and friends. He never met a stranger and loved to talk and tell stories from the past.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Eugene's memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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