NEW LONDON-Gene A. Statler, editor and co-owner of the Ralls County Herald-Enterprise, died April 19, 2012 at 3:17 a.m. He was 69. Statler was born April 20, 1942 near Jackson, Missouri, the son of the late Woodrow A. and Hazel Gladys Bollinger Statler. On July 15, 1967, he was married to Judith A. Crites, and she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Elisabeth Eugena Menadue of the state of Iowa; a son, Phillip Nathaniel Statler of St. Charles, Missouri; four grandchildren, Alyssa Grace, Jack, and Zane Danger and Natalia Menadue; one sister, Joy Engelhart of Pocahontas, Missouri; a brother, Glenn R. Statler of Sedgewickville, Missouri; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Frances Statler and a brother, William R. Statler. Statler graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1967 with a BS degree in Secondary Education. He also attended the University of Munich, Germany. He taught English, journalism, and German in schools in southeast Missouri and in Iowa before beginning his career in community newspapers. He and his wife have owned and operated the Ralls County weekly newspaper since July, 1996. Statler was a member of Masonic Lodge #441 AF&AM. He was also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Throughout his life he enjoyed numerous hobbies and interests, including reading, amateur radio, beekeeping, and working on his 1962 Triumph TR4. Statler was a convert to the Buddhist faith. Visitation will be held April 27 from 5-7 p.m. with a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Bienhoff Funeral Home in Center. The body was cremated and the ashes buried in the Statler Cemetery and Flatwoods Cemetery, both located near Sedgewickville, Missouri. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at 9433 Olive Blvd., Suite 100, St. Louis, Missouri 63132.