Eugene Edwin Muir, 83, of Rippey, Iowa, died July 11, 2016.
Services were held Monday, July 18 at United Methodist Church in Rippey, Iowa. The Rev. Paul Burrow officiated. Burial was at the Rippey Cemetery, Rippey, Iowa where the military rites were under the direction of the Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post #583 and Iowa Army National Guard Funeral Honors.
Eugene Edwin Muir, the son of Thomas Alexander Muir and Lena Root Muir, was born Aug. 23, 1932 on his parents’ farm one mile east of their present farm home. Gene graduated from Rippey High School in 1951. On Oct. 11, 1952, Gene married Iva Jo Dagit at the Methodist Church in Paton. They were blessed with three children Steve, Cheri, and Curt. Soon after the couple’s marriage, Gene was drafted and entered the U.S. Army March 17, 1953 in Des Moines. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on March 16, 1955 at Fort Belvoir, Va. Gene then served eight years in the reserves. Gene was always a farmer, working hard in his fields as well as raising Angus Cattle –later Simmental Cattle with son Curt, and had raised many hogs from farrow to finish. During those years, he also did custom work, including anhydrous application, baling, and combining. In earlier years he worked at the Stevens Sale Barn and during the 80’s, Gene worked for Pilkington Implement in Granger. He loved his family very much and he spent as many hours with his grandchildren as he possibly could. It wasn’t all work in Gene and Iva Jo’s lives. They square danced for many years and had genuine friendships at home and away. For 18 years, Gene and Iva Jo trekked to Arizona, first with their fifth wheel RV and later they enjoyed a mobile home. Gene, being a people person, easily made wonderful friends. He enjoyed cards, dominoes, shuffleboard, hiking in the mountains of Arizona; and he was a great photographer. Survivors include his wife Iva Jo; children: Steven Muir (Trudy) of Wayne, Neb., Cheri Kersey of Grand Junction, Iowa; Curt Muir (Kelley) of Rippey, Iowa; grandchildren Nicholas Muir (Kristine), Molly D’Agosta (Anthony), Travis Kersey (fiancée Laura Tronchetti), Rachel Vogel (Adam), C.J. Muir and Kayla Muir; five great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Lloyd (Gloria) Dagit and Raymond (Charlotte) Dagit; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Glen and his wife, Doris; Dwight and his wife Sue; granddaughter, Katie Muir; and mother and father in-law, Titus and Ethel Dagit; sister-in-law, Wilma and husband Jerry Hillman.
Honorary pallbearers were Kristine Muir, Anthony D’Agosta, Laura Tronchetti, Adam Vogel, Kori Jo Vogel, Jaxon Vogel, Merrick Muir, Madeline Muir and Francesca D’Agosta.
Active pallbearers were Nicholas Muir, Molly D’Agosta, Travis Kersey, Rachel Vogel, C.J. Muir and Kayla Muir.
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