Gene was born on October 22, 1935, in Hooper, CO, from the union of Chester Hugo and Fannie May (Crounk) Brubacher. He spent his childhood on a farm in Hooper where he attended school and graduated in 1954. After farming for four years, he married the love of his life, Yvonne Allen of Rocky Ford, CO, on July 8, 1956.
Gene went on to college where he received his B.A. in education from Adams State College in 1962. He continued his education and received his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1983. His first teaching position was in Karval, CO, in 1962. Over the years, he helped shape the minds and character of many students, and up until his death, many of them would still reach out to him and express their gratitude for his leadership and making a huge difference in their lives.
In addition to his successful teaching career, Gene was also an exceptional coach for twenty years. During those years, he coached all sports at different times. Under his coaching leadership his Woodlin Mustangs team won the football state championship in 1974. He was deservingly named “Colorado Coach of the Year” for two consecutive years. He finished his educational career as Superintendent for the Wiggins Colorado School District.
In 1992, Gene moved to his place of retirement in Branson, MO. He had many hobbies including golfing, watching all sports especially his Denver Broncos, and woodworking. He also loved to drive his golf cart down to the lake where he enjoyed time on his pontoon boat and fishing. He was instrumental in founding the “Old Geezers Club” in his community. He loved organizing social events and activities such as Breakfast Boat Cruises, Miniature Golf Tournaments, Cook-outs, fishing tournaments, etc. “This community will never be the same.”
Gene also was very proud of his Church family. He looked forward to visiting and joking with this family whenever he could. And joke he did!! He was extremely touched by his Church’s dedication and loyalty to him especially during his illness.
Gene was preceded in death by his three brothers, Freddy, Donnie, and Roy Brubacher and his son, Rick. He is survived by his wife Yvonne of 59 years, his two daughters, Cheryl Walraven (husband John), Gena Wenger (husband Scott) and a son Greg Brubacher (wife Vanessa). He had 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He loved his family more than life itself. He enjoyed nothing more than listening to his family laugh and joke together. He was extremely proud of them.
Gene was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was also a teacher, counselor, principal, superintendent and a coach.
He was very proud of his coaching days. He felt he helped more kids as a coach than any other position. He was proud to be called “COACH BRUBACHER."
In private, Gene thought a great deal about how he had lived his life. He prayed every night that his sins would be forgiven and all his family would take God into their hearts so they would not have to worry about where their final home would be.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 am Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Kimberling City Church of Christ with Minister Mike Brazle officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Gene, may be made to Preferred Hospice, 850 N. 25th Street, Ozark, Missouri 65721 or the American Heart Association www.heart.org .