A graveside service for Gene A. Warren, who at the age of 75 left this Earth to be with our Lord, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday Jan. 31, 2014, at South Park Cemetery. Gene was a resident of Roswell since 1957, where he began his service in United States Air Force.
Military honors will be provided by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Gene was born in Bird City, Kan., on March 11, 1938, to Arthur Leslie Warren and Dora Enice Patten Warren (Stobbe, Vogler). He was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters: Arthur Warren, Lona Harrison, Arnold Warren, Frank Warren, Guy Warren, Lindy Warren, Verna Mueller and Vera Warren. His parents and siblings have preceded him in death.
Gene’s oldest sister was old enough to be his mom and helped raise him after his father’s passing when he was 3. Gene was a very active son and a little on the mischievous side. As he grew up, the mischievous part never went away. He enjoyed a good laugh, even if it was at the expense of someone else. Nothing harmful, just a little mischievous.
Gene decided to quit school in the eighth grade and left the homestead to work. He worked his way across to the state of Arizona to work with his brother and sister-in-law. After some time, his sister helped enlist him in the Air Force. He said that was the best thing that could have happened to him.
The Air Force taught him to grow up, learn a trade, and is where he obtained a GED. While joining the Air Force on Jan. 4, 1957, to see the world, he only made it to Roswell, where he met the love of his life. He married Melba Jo (Jody) (Wood) Warren on Aug. 3, 1959. Jody preceded Gene in death on July 1, 2011. Gene is also preceded in death by brother-in-law Jerry Wood. Gene was not afraid to work as he held down three jobs to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Gene pumped gas, was a warehouseman for Navajo Freight, and an E-3 technician in the Air Force.
Gene was offered a chance to see the world as an E-3 repairman for a competition flying squadron. He found out that he was going to be a father and passed on the offer. He completed his enlisted duty with an honorable discharge on Jan. 3, 1963. Gene went to work for Western Electric as a central office technician, where he earned many certificates and awards. As the phone company changed, so did he — moving up the ladder to supervisor with Mountain Bell and eventually retiring with US West with 30 years of service on Aug. 12, 1993, as a central office technician.
He turned back the supervisor position and went back to doing what he loved to do. Gene enjoyed many hobbies, but his love was for building things out of wood. He enjoyed his talent for many years, building treasures from small furniture pieces to carving pieces for his wonderful wooden tractors. He also enjoyed fishing (if the fish were biting), hunting, square dancing, gardening, was a terrific cook and an animal lover. He truly loved his four-legged companions almost as much as they loved him. Snoopy, Tutor, and Bobbie, among others, are faithful four-legged companions that preceded Gene.
Those left behind to treasure memories are his faithful puppy, Pepper; his daughters: Becky Rae Jones and husband, Robert, and Toni Lynne Sturdevant and husband, Ron; grandchildren: Randy Lynne Heredia and her husband, George, Justin Marker and wife, Tasia, and Morgan Warren Jones; great-grandchildren: Lyah Mari Nicholson, Emrie Jesse Nicholson, Issac Heredia, Maria Heredia and Josiah Heredia; sister-in-law Donna Tivis and husband, Wayne, of Dora; brother-in-law Ronnie Wood and wife, Chari; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Robert Jones, Justin Marker, Morgan Jones, Shayne Wood, George Heredia and Jeff Wood.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home 2200 S. Avenue I Portales, NM 88130 in honor of Gene A. Warren.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at andersonbethany.com.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.