Gene Carroll Aars, 85, of Clifton passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Norse Cemetery.
Gene Carroll Aars was born April 2, 1937 to Hulen and Velma Manske Aars.
Gene grew up in Clifton, attended Clifton schools, and nurtured in his Norwegian - German Heritage in the Lutheran faith. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Additionally, he earned a certificate from the school of Financial Public Relations at Northwestern University.
Gene began his career as a buyer for a major department store in Dallas. He segued into banking as Vice President with Fort Worth National Bank for the next eight years, enjoying the extensive travel opportunities when required. He returned to Clifton in 1970 as a partner in Aars and Nelson Insurance Agency.
Through his faith and devotion to his church he served on numerous boards and met and married Barbara Heid and began his family life. Gene was a community advocate and a proud supporter of the arts. Through his quiet generosity encouraged the youth in his life to pursue their talents and dreams.
Gene enjoyed a full and complete life until he passed on September 8, 2022 and was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Peggy. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Heid Aars, sons Harold and Kevin Kuisel, niece, Stacey Pantuck, nephew, Jay Smith, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous extended family.
Pallbearers will be: Gene Albrecht, Gary Anz, Todd Kettler, Rick Lundberg, Jeff Manske, Jay Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Rallin Aars, Brett Amundson, Robin Baird, David Corpier, Van Doren Goodall, Olaf Harris, Jim Heid, Dan Orbeck, Steve Robertson, Abe Stroud, Carlos Wilson.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Bosque Museum, or the Bosque Arts Center.
‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch. A fearful thing to love, to hope, to dream, to be – to be, and oh, to lose. A thing for fools, this, and a holy thing, a holy thing to love. For your life has lived in me, your laugh once lifted me, your word was gift to me.
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