ABILENE, Texas - Gene Boone of Abilene became part of history when he found the gun used to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, and that legacy sparked a friendship with Lt. John Cummins of the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.
"I knew about Gene and his story and one day discovered he lived here in Abilene so I thought, ‘Oh I'll make contact with him because that would just be a neat thing to talk to someone that was such a big part of history,’" Cummins said.
Cummins first reached out to Boone three years ago.
“You can read on the internet or read in books all day about historic events like that and the tragedy and everything like that, but to talk to someone who was actually there is just an amazing thing," Cummins said.
Cummins learned that Boone wanted to work with kids because of what he saw in his time in law enforcement. Boone served as the executive director at the Foster's Home for Children in Stephenville and the Texas Family Institute in Abilene. He worked with the home for nearly two decades.
"His time in law enforcement in Dallas showed him that youth in general in Texas, the troubled ones, [who have] problems develop early … it can sometimes lead them into a life of crime later on if there's not someone to intervene," Cummins said.
Boone’s obituary says he "will be remembered for his charitable work and selfless sharing of his life."
He also worked closely with law enforcement while living in Abilene.
"We could call on him for anything and he would be willing to help us. There wasn't any hesitation in his voice," Cummins said.
More information on the funeral arrangements, can be found here
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