Gene Radcliffe was born in Hill City, Kansas to Earl and Alice Radcliffe July 18, 1936. He was the last of 6 children. He lived his first 18 years in Hill City where his entrepreneurial spirit was born. After graduating from Hill City High School in 1954 he went into business for himself as the owner of the gas station in Hill City. In February of that year he married his high school sweetheart Gladys Bean. They were blessed with 4 wonderful children, Cindy, Jim, Karin and Jackie.
After a short period he moved to Denver and opened the Standard station on Pecos. Gene was a salesman extraordinaire. He sold more tires and oil changes in his little store than anyone else in his district. This sparked his interest in automobiles and before long he opened Gene's Used Car Corral on North Federal. Coming from a family of auctioneers Gene decided to give it a try and was a proud graduate of Missouri Auction School. This began a long a very successful career as a circuit car auctioneer. He worked for all of the big vehicle auction companies throughout a 40 year career. In 1994, he won the World Auto Auctioneer, something he was very proud of. On weekends he was in high demand on the Classic Car Circuit. He retired in 2011.
In 1993 he married Trudy and was married to her the rest of his life. Gene was a huge presence in every sense of the word. He impacted the lives of anyone he met and especially his family. He was kind, gentle, smart and funny. He stayed positive in almost any situation including the loss of his son and the onset of Alzheimer's. He passed away September 25, 2019 from the effects of this insidious disease.
He is survived by his wife Trudy; his daughters; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a private family graveside service on October 2, 2019.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the future.
Gene’s family requests no flowers.
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