Sept. 19, 1926 - April 1, 2011
Cremation rites have been held for Gene Dale Francis, 84, of North Bend, under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary.
Gene was born Sept. 9, 1926, at Carnation, Wash., the son of William and Iris Alta (Davis) Francis. He passed away April 1, 2011, at his North Bend home surrounded by his family.
Gene was raised and educated in Stanwood, Wash. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater. After the war he went to work for Weyerhaeuser as a welder and mechanic until retiring after more than 30 years. He moved in 1957 with his family to North Bend where he had since resided.
Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, gold panning, golfing, snow birding in Arizona, and getting together with friends and family at the Venture Inn and his great friend and physician, Dr. Bach and staff at Bay Clinic.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey Francis of North Bend; sons, Robert Rhodes of Washington, Michael Rhodes of Washington, Mark and Charlotte Francis of Redland, Jeffrey and Sandie Francis of Dallas, and Glenn and Candy Francis of Salem; daughters, Marcia Francis of Clackamas, Jenny and Kip Gumm of North Bend and Kathy and Joe Sicheneder of Coos Bay; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by is brother, Mervin; and and a sister, Edna.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, 541-267-4216.