Eugene J. "Gene" Hyden, 77

Eugene J. "Gene" Hyden, 77, of Wabash, died at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at his home.  He was born April 20, 1943 in Floyd County, Kentucky, to Howard H. and Dolla Mae Fraley Hyden.

Gene married Judy C. Music in Wabash on Nov. 23, 1963; she died on Jan. 14, 2012. He worked most of his life at Kunkle Foundry in Andrews and retired from Manchester Foundry in North Manchester. Gene enjoyed tinkering on small engines. 

He is survived by two children, Cricket (Dale) Slee of Wabash, and William (Heather) Hyden of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Ethan Waymire of Indianapolis, Kristin (George) Unger of Wabash, Heather Slee of Terre Haute, and Lane A. Hyden of Port Richey, Fla.; three great-grandchildren MaKinley and BrayLynn Unger, both of Wabash, and Hendrix Pittman of Terre Haute; sisters and brother, Freda Bradford and Howard "Norman" Hyden, both of Roann, and Lotressa (Roy) Kinder of Prestonsburg, Ky.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Steven Dewayne Hyden, who died in 1969; and sister Nova Bradley.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 12:30-2:00 pm Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Animal Shelter of Wabash County.

The memorial guest book for Gene may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Feb 26