Walter Eugene (Gene) Bloys, age 89, of Floydada passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 in Shallowater, Texas.
A graveside service for family was held Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the Floydada Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 9 – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada.
Arrangements were under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home.
Gene Bloys was born June 29, 1931 to S. D. Bloys and Dorothy Green Bloys in Plainview Texas.
He was an award-winning farmer, inventor, self-taught engineer and private pilot. He spoke fluent Spanish, a language he learned from men who helped him with his farm work.
Gene started work at a very young age. When he was nine years old, he was selling newspapers in downtown Plainview when his grandfather, G. E. Green, founder of Green Machinery, spotted him and gave him a job as machinist helper. Gene worked for Green Machinery for the next ten years before leaving to farm in Floyd County when he was 19. He would eventually serve as a member of the board of directors for Green Machinery.
Gene farmed until retiring at age 70. While he was farming, he invented and marketed a switch to convert two standard 12-volt batteries to a 24-volt system that was used nationwide to start heavy equipment and irrigation motors that operated on 24-volt starter systems.
Other inventions he built for himself and neighboring farmers included, a tractor mounted “cotton tramper”, post puncher for driving metal fence post and dozens of other inventions designed to meet the needs of his friends and neighbors. As a self-taught engineer, he designed and built most of the equipment for Horizon Manufacturing in Lubbock that allowed the manufacturing firm to grow to be the largest of its kind in the world. A short list of equipment Gene built for Horizon included, a gang saw that cut a sheet of plywood into 32 pieces, fabric splitter, rail assembler and upholstering machines. Horizon Manufacturing was founded by his son, David Bloys.
Gene met the love of his life, Elna Sanderson, when he was fourteen years old at a movie theatre in Plainview, Texas. Two years later they got married. He built a home by hand in Plainview with the help of his father. Gene and Elna would later sell the home to raise money for a down payment on a portion of the farm where Elna was raised. At the time of his passing, Gene and Elna had been married 73 years.
Bloys was a prolific reader, consuming 20 – 30 historical novels a month. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. More than anything else he cherished his grandchildren and great- grandchildren and cherished each minute he was able to spend with them.
Gene was preceded in death by his mother and father; his son, Kenneth James Bloys; his brother, Bill Bloys; two sisters, Wanda Welch and Shirlene Crowder; a cousin and lifelong friend, Bill Horton; a nephew, Jerry Mickey and an uncle, James Bloys and his wife, Vera.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elna Bloys; son, David Bloys and his wife, Mary Street of Shallowater; niece, Betty Mickey of Rock Port, Texas and sister-in-law, Mary Bloys of Plainview, Texas; his grandchildren, Shane Bloys and wife, Mellissa of Rockwall, Texas, Joshua Bloys and wife, Victoria of Abernathy, Laura Bird and husband, Jason of Coppell, Texas, Kathy Ramge and husband, Jim of Fairfield, California and Shannon Herzog of Colorado, and Penny Rainey and husband, Bobby of Shallowater; his great-grandchildren, Katelyn Bloys, Caleb Bloys, Hudson Bird, Ian Bloys and Elizabeth Bloys, Bryan Rainey, Novalee Rainey, and Daniel Rainey, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Shiners’ Hospital or Saint Jude Children’s Hospital.
Online condolences may be made at www.moore-rose.com.