Raymond E. “Gene” Newby, 98, longtime Parsons resident, died at 4:22 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor. He was born March 8, 1923, in rural Labette County, a son of Earl J. and Irma M. (Wucherphenig) Newby. He lived his entire life in Labette County and attended school at rural Parsons. He enlisted in the Army and served under Gen. George Patton in the 345th Infantry, 87th Division. He was stationed in the European Theatre, participating in the Battle of the Bulge.