Eugene “Gene” Oral Colliflower, 66, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at Texas County Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
He was born July 7, 1944, in East St. Louis, son of Harvey and Doraine Lauerman Colliflower.
Hegrew up in the St. Louis area and graduated from Belleville High School in 1962. He was a flight test engineer for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis and also worked for several other firms on contract engineering projects. He served in the Army in the early 1960s.
He retired to the Ozarks several years ago yet remained involved with many activities. He was one of the founding directors of community radio KZGM in Cabool with the “G” in the call letters representing his name. He hosted a jazz program on the station, but was most famous for his humorous “traffic reports.”
He was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and suffered from kidney disease and other medical problems.
He was a member of the Cabool Church of the Brethren. He was on the board of directors of Cabool Revitalization Group, Inc. and enjoyed helping with community events.
His hobbies included travel, camping, photography and reading.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Doraine of Bellville, Ill.; a brother, Fred of Belleville, Ill.; his friend and caregiver, Myron Jackson of Cabool; and his dog, Anatolian.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Cabool Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Roger Schrock officiating. The body was cremated under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name in care of the funeral home to help with final expenses.