Gene Bolton Stonebarger

November 4, 1922January 7, 2019

Gene B. Stonebarger

November 4, 1922 – January 7, 2019

Resident of Oakley

Gene Stonebarger (Stoney) passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019. He was born on November 4, 1922, the son of Frank and Merle Stonebarger. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth of 76 years, his 4 children, Frank (Marcia), Larry (Maureen), Glenn (Jeannie), Sandy, along with 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death his daughter Jeannie.

Gene graduated from Liberty High School in 1940, completed a 2 year horticulture program at UC Davis, married Ruth in 1942, and thereafter served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was part of the 490th Bombardment Squadron “Burma Bridge Busters” – stationed in China, Burma and India.

Born in Kearney, Nebraska and after a short stay in Southern California, his family settled in Oakley where his father found work due to the Oakley town fire in 1927. Starting with 10 acres of farmland, he built his family home and expanded to 400 acres, growing almonds and walnuts. Gene served as a director on many boards such as Blue Diamond Almond Growers, East Contra Costa Irrigation District and was a commissioner of the Oakley Fire District. Gene was an avid fisherman and loved hunting. Gene will be remembered by many, but the legacy he created will live on through his family.

Visitation will be held at Brentwood Funeral Home – 839 1st Street, Brentwood on Monday January 14th from 4-8pm. Funeral at Golden Hills Community Church – 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood on Tuesday January 15th at 10am. Burial at Union Cemetery – 11545 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood. Celebration of Life immediately following at Brentwood Golf Club – 100 Somerset Drive, Brentwood

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Liberty High School - Stonebarger family scholarship fund


  • Jeff Stebbins
  • Gene Stonebarger
  • Erick Stonebarger
  • Tim Maggiore
  • Paul Stonebarger
  • Michael Stonebarger
  • Anthony Beckstead


  • Visitation Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Ruth Ann Holley

January 11, 2019

"They were always there", Ruth and Stoney. They were an important part of my life growing up. I loved them then and do still. The back door was always open and many times an apple or apricot pie was on the kitchen table. I spent many summers with Ruth and Stoney and loved going to Sunday School and Church with them and my cousins at the Baptist Church in Oakley.
The path was well trod that ran between Ruth and Stoney's house and Frank and Merle's' house. Off that path to the right of the well house was the ol' wood swing that Uncle Stoney made in high school and it sat underneath a green apple tree. Many a time I sat and found shade and comfort in that ol' swing. One time I was crying and Uncle Stoney walked by and sat down, patted me on the shoulder, and said, "It will be alright, Ruthie." And because Uncle Stoney said it, IT my child's heart.
Hope to see you in heaven, Uncle Stoney, in the shade of an apple tree,

The apple tree is gone and the ol' swing, it plum wore out and has been gone for years, but the kind heart of my Uncle Stoney and his memory will remain in my heart as long as breath remains in me.

Billie Joe Holley

January 11, 2019

I first met Stoney and Ruth 55 years ago, while dating his niece, whom I eventually married. It was a privilege to marry into their family and was always treated like one of their family. Spent quite a bit of time with Stoney and his family, while they were growing up. Our children still remember and talk about some of the visits we had with them. He was a man's man, without trying to be. We hunted some, fished some and talked a lot. It's amazing what ya' learn out on the water, for several hours. Stoney lived a long and fruitful life. He led a life and left a legacy that most men can only dream about. He was a positive "Role Model" before we ever knew what that was, having a positive impact on so many boys and men. I will always remember and cherish the times we spent together. He will be missed.

Bev Brenneise

January 11, 2019

My Uncle Stoney will truly be missed. He and Aunt Ruth have become the patriarch/matriarch of our family on my mother's side. His wife was one of ten siblings who grew to adulthood during the Depression years of the 1930s-1940s, and each established his/her own family. I had 35 first cousins. As years passed and these original ten people began passing away, somehow Ruth and Stoney survived into their 90s (he was 96 and Ruth is 94) and celebrated 70 + years of marriage. And they were always there to say kind words and give support to relatives in numerous ways.
Stoney lived a full life. He met Ruth in high school, I believe. They married, and he went to war. During WWII he became part of the Burma Bridge Busters. They had a ranch where many family get togethers took place...ah, the way to control too many rambunctious kids was to let them run off their steam on the acres of almond trees he grew and at that old barn way back on the property. But I remember other fruits and vegetables grown on their ranch, too. And they raised five children, were involved with nieces and nephews, too, even before their grandchildren (and ggrandchildren and gggrandchildren) came along. They gave so much love.
Words are inadequate. He was a good man, through and through. I will miss him, and I will never forget his smile. He was someone you meet in life who made a difference, someone you were proud to know.
Bev Brenneise

Rick Fortner

January 10, 2019

Mr. Stonebarger planted the seeds of humility, determination and grit in his family. It was an honor and a privilege to be a friend, teammate and an employee of the sons of Gene Stonebarger.
May God Bless.