Lawrence Eugene "Gene" Warren
July 12, 1949 - April 7, 2018
Lawrence Eugene “Gene” Warren of Medford, Oregon passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the age of 68. His loving wife, Gayle Fay Warren preceded him in death in 2011.
Gene leaves behind his faithful dog, Biff. He is survived by his daughter, Tonya Kockx and son, Thomas Warren, both from his first marriage to Kathleen Warren. Gene was blessed with 11 grandchildren, Alexis, Shayla, Karli, Dusty, Chloe, Piper, Lucas, Waylon, Kenzli, Easton, and Tobias and two great granddaughters, Tyler and Jaymes.
Gene was born July 12, 1949, in Arcata, California to John A. and Germaine Warren. He had five brothers and sisters, Wanda Spratt, John Warren, Karen Snyder, Chris Warren, and Alice Woodard. Gene and his siblings were very active in 4-H and FFA, showing pigs, lambs, rabbits, chickens, and steers as well as growing vegetables. His grandkids were privileged to hear many stories of his passion for the programs.
After graduating from Arcata High School in 1967, Gene joined the U.S. Marine Corps and became an Intelligence Scout. He was a Lance Corporal with the 1st Marine Division and received numerous medals and awards during his combat in Vietnam, including the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL.
After serving time in the military and being home, Gene decided on a whim to head north to Oregon to meet up with a close friend he met in the Marines. He loved it and decided to make it his permanent home. He worked in numerous areas of the timber industry, he served as the Labor Union Secretary for the local AFL-CIO, as well as truck driving before he retired.
Gene was the type of guy who would help anyone out of a pinch, lend a helping hand wherever needed or even give them the shirt off his back. He enjoyed long hunting trips with his friends and son, day trips of fishing, and camping around the beautiful state of Oregon with his family. For years he was an assistant coach for his son’s youth wrestling team.
Gene surprised Gayle one day and bought her a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang. Together they enjoyed 10 years traveling, exploring and entering car shows around Oregon.
Gene always had Red Vines and assorted hard candies when his grandkids visited. He enjoyed chess and taught many of them the basics of the game, while enjoying an old western on television.
Funeral arrangements will be made by Perl Funeral Homes and he will be buried alongside his wife Gayle. There will be a military honors service for Gene at 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Oregon at 2 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life and reception at 3 p.m. at Heritage Christian Fellowship, HUB building, 943 Automation Way, Medford, OR.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.