Gene Gadberry of Spokane passed away on January 21, 2014, age 72. He was born in June 1941to Alonzo (Lon) and Dorothy Gadberry, living first in Loomis, Wash. and then moving to Oroville, Wash. when he was a young child.
In high school Gene enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball and football. After graduation from Oroville High School, he enlisted in the Army which took him to Germany for part of his enlistment. Upon his discharge from the Army, he moved to Spokane, WA, where he met and married Jeanie F. Moen in 1965. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad from 1965 until he retired.
Gene learned to camp, hunt and fish from his father Lon and grandfather Marion Gadberry and passed that love to his children and grandchildren. Other passions were woodworking, gardening, watching and feeding birds, squirrels and strays. He built many concrete fishponds and water fountains. His was a ready wit with a fierce loyalty to family and friends. He was our rock in any storm and he is missed by all.
Gene is survived by his wife Jeanie and four children, Bonnie (John) Bundy of Colorado, William of Spokane, Gerald (Danette) of Battlefield, Wash., Steven (Rene) of Metaline Falls, Wash; 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Charity, Cheri, Alisha, Daniel and David, Eric, Ed and Elysia, Nicholas and Natasha; their spouses and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy (Dennis) Peterson of Bellevue, Wash. and brother, Marion (Jan) Gadberry of Ocean Shores, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents Lon and Dorothy Gadberry of Oroville, WA.
A Memorial Service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the LDS Evergreen Chapel, 14111 E. 16th Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. Interment will take place at Mt. View Cemetery, Loomis, at a later date. Please visit www.hazenjaegervalley.com to share your memories of Gene with our family.