ROBERT EUGENE VERMILLION - Sgt. Robert E. “Gene” Vermillion Robert Eugene VERMILLION was born March 22, 1931 at Winona , MO and departed this life November 12, 2006 at Neosho , MO at the age of 75 years. He was the eldest son of Melvin and Katie (TUCKER) VERMILLION. Gene was married to Lela WHITE on July 2 1951, although divorced they remained close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Katie (TUCKER) VERMILLION, his grandparents George and Artie (NORRIS) VERMILLION and W. W. TUCKER and Ola (Williams) Tucker. He is survived by his 6 children Mike VERMILLION and wife Mary of Neosho, MO; Debra JARRETT of Aptos, CA; Terrie KITCHENS and husband Dwayne of Monett, MO; Bobby VERMILLION of Kingsland, TX; 1 stepson Jack VERMILLION and wife of Granby, MO; 1 stepdaughter Suzie ROBINSON and husband of Grove, OK; 13 grandchildren Roger, Kevin, Corwin, Jeff, Robert Carl, Nigal, Mandy, Mindy, Felicia, Tim, Jacob, and David; 9 great grandchildren Mason, Gracie, Sierra, Dalton, Wheeler, Konrad, Autumn, Braydon, and Jayde; 3 brothers Bill VERMILLION and wife Rosemary of Eminence, MO; Brock VERMILLION and wife Sonja and Alan VERMILLION and wife Susan all of Japan, MO; 6 sisters Nadine LUNSFORD, Melba SNIDER and husband Roy all of Winona, MO; Carol MOONEY of Eminence, MO; Sally LUNSFORD and husband J.R. of Fredericktown, MO; Jenny MORRIS and husband Bert of St. Louis, MO; Evelyn MARTIN and husband Sam of Mountain View, MO; 5 aunts Erma Jean (TUCKER) LITTLE, of Arnold, MO; June (TUCKER) Roberts, Sharon (TUCKER) Davis, Judy (TUCKER) WALKER, Zelma (VERMILLION) WEAVER, Lois (CAMPBELL) BARKLEY; 1 special great aunt Norrine (BARKLEY) NORRIS ; 1 uncle Wayne TUCKER of Springfield, MO and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Gene, as he was known by the family, was a very honest, dependable, caring man. At the young age of 17, Gene joined the Army, which he served proudly for 17 years. Due to health problems he was discharged in 1965 with an honorable medical discharge. He was very proud of the country we live in, and proud of those who are in the service today, making a sacrifice so we can have our freedom. Gene was a proud dad, grandpa, brother and uncle. He always talked to at least 3 or 4 of his brothers and sisters every day, always staying in contact with his family. Gene has touched many lives during his life and will be greatly missed by everyone.