The Havensville Review
July 17, 1930
Home Folks Pay Final Tribute to Young Pioneer of the Air.
The final rites for Kenneth Eugene Gabbert, wireless student and recognized expert of aviation were held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Gabbert, southwest of Goff, on Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Throughout, the services were of the simplicity and sincerity that would have best suited the wishes of this fine young man, who had dedicated his life to wireless and the making of flying practical and safe.
Kenneth Eugene was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Gabbert and was born on the home place where the final services were held, on August 11, 1896.
Last November Gene was married to Miss Hazel Anthony a Kansas City girl, who is in the advertising department of the Kansas City Star. Their marriage was happy. The wife was enthusiastic about flying and proud of her aviator husband's success. She was a true mate and has endeared herself to the family and friends of her husband here.
Death came last Thursday forenoon near Aransas Pass, Texas, when the plane, Gene was piloting with four Kansas City business men as passengers, crashed from a height of 10,000 feet, killing all on board. Just what caused the crash will be never known, but fellow, pilots, friends and associates are sure that it was through no lack of care, judgment or courage on the part of Gene.
At the final services at the Gabbert home Monday afternoon; Rev. Chas. A. Richard of Seneca gave an impressive oral tribute to life of Gene, who had crowded more of activity and service to his fellowmen in thirty-four years than most people do in three score and ten. There were easily a thousand neighbors and friends apresent at the service and burial.
Johnny Buckles superintendent of the Soldier schools, and friend to the deceased, gave the musical prelude and furnished piano accompaniment for Mrs. Burr of Soldier.
Burial was in the Gabbert family lot in Soldier cemetery, beside the little brother, who died a number of years ago. The uniformed firing squad of the Irwin Kirkwood American Legion Post of Kansas City, Mo.; with their bugler and drummer, were present under the command of Frank B. Fisher, Jr. Gene was a member of the post. Eight veteran flyer friends of Kansas City were also present for the final ceremony of their comrade.
Pallbearers were Harold, Ralph, Rolland and Francis Gabbert, Rav and Jack Riley, all first cousins of Gene.
Services at the grave were beautiful and inspiring and a gratifying final chapter of tribute to a happy useful, successful man. A splendid day, a host of friends any many relatives grouped at the open grave in a panorama of nature at her best. The Lord's Prayer and twenty-third psalm by the minister , the snappy military honors by the firing squad, and Taps and resounding echo by the buglers were enhanced by the droning of three of the planes of flyer comrades overhead who dropped flowers to earth. A fitting, satisfying ceremony for the occasion.
The floral display was most beautiful and elaborate. The entire front of the house was covered with floral pieces, behind the flag-draped casket, and the porch surrounded by floral tributes that came from far and near. Nearly one hundred different pieces had been sent by individuals and organizations.
Sarah Hazel Anthony Packer
Floyd B. Gabbert
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