Harold Gene Riner, age 84, beloved son, husband, father, grandad, uncle, mentor, artist, coach, defender, homemaker, musician, color commentator, poet, shootist, counselor and “Doc”, passed away on Oct. 9, 2019 at Hilltop Manor, Cunningham, KS. He was born on May 19, 1935 at Sterling, KS, the son of Harold H. and Ruby M. (Savage) Riner. He was a retired measurement supervisor and truck driver working with Skelly, Getty, Texaco, Jayhawk Pipeline and Wynne Transport companies. On Apr. 8, 1959 he married Sharon Faye (Hitz) at Hudson, KS., she survives of the home. He has resided in the communities of Sterling, Great Bend, Stafford, Lyons, Madison, El Dorado, Hudson, Towanda and Pratt. Harold was a US Army Veteran Paratrooper in the Korean Conflict, 1954-56 408th airborne regimental combat team, 1956-57 101st airborne division of the 320th airborne field artillery division. He was a lifetime member of the 320th Airborne Field Artillery Association and member of the NRA. Other survivors include a son, Matthew Wade Riner (Katrina), Pratt, KS; a daughter, Paula Jean Hephner (Kevin), Towanda, KS; 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Cullen Gene Riner; a brother, William “Bud” Riner and a sister, Margaret “Maggie” Swalley. A memorial graveside service will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Trinity Cemetery, Hudson, KS. Reception immediately following at the Hudson Community Center. Memorials may be given to the National Rifle Association or the donor’s choice, in care of Minnis Chapel, P.O. Box 34, St. John, KS 67576.
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