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Gene Nunneley

August 23, 1947 — February 12, 2023

Caney, Kansas

Gene Arthur Nunneley, 75, of Caney, Kansas passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, February 12, 2023.

Gene was born on August 23, 1947 to Chester Arthur and Estaline Naomi (Hibbs) Nunneley in Caney, Kansas. He was the baby of his family, so he spent a lot of time with his mom. They resided on the family farm north of Tyro. He attended school and graduated from Wayside High School (Go Panthers) in 1965. He was involved in football and baseball.

He married Joye Orcutt Nunneley on September 6, 1968 and from that marriage they were blessed with three children, Ginger, Regina and Samuel.

Gene was self-employed his entire life. In 1969, he started and was the President of G & J Oil Company. He was also the VicePresident of G & J Well Service for several years. He was an oil and cattleman his entire life. He loved drilling wells and going to the sale to buy cattle. He served on the Board of Directors for Caney Valley National Bank and also served on the Board of Education for the Caney Valley School District.

Gene was a loving Dad and Papa. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and always tried to attend their activities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing for crappie, traveling and playing cards. One of his favorites places to travel was to California. He loved the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. He was able to attend three World Series to watch the Royals. He enjoyed the lake and always had a boat, but never learned to swim. Gene became a Christian when he was 17 years old. He raised his children in a Christian home and showed them the love of Jesus through grace and forgiveness. He was involved in an accident in July of 2019 and was truly a miracle from God. He was a member of the Tyro Christian Church.

Survivors blessed by Gene’s memory are his two daughters, Ginger and husband Bob, Regina and husband Dwayne and one son Samuel and wife Chrissy. Grandchildren, Madison and husband Tyler, Kennedy, Britain, Hannah, Lyndon, Johnathan and Seth. Several nieces and nephews and his caregiver Peggy King. Gene was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Estaline Nunneley, three brothers Eugene, Sam and John, four sisters Mary Carper, Maretta Davis, Norma Hodges, and Marie Bennett, three nephews Joe, JayDee and John III.

A visitation will be held at Potts Chapel in Caney on Sunday, February 19th from 11:00-5:00 with family greeting friends from 3:00-5:00. A Celebration of Gene’s life will take place at Potts Chapel in Caney on Monday, February 20 th at 1:00 with interment immediately following at Sunnyside Cemetery, Caney, Kansas.

To leave the family a special message of condolence please visit The family request that all flowers and memorials are sent to the Potts Funeral Chapel in Caney, Kansas. Memorials can be made out to Fredonia Regional Hospital Pulmonary Rehab Program in memory of Gene Nunneley.

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

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Monday, February 20, 2023

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