Eugene Albert DeBaker

July 23, 1932March 7, 2018

Eugene Albert DeBaker, 85, passed away on Wednesday (March 7, 2018) at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born on July 23, 1932 in Leopolis, WI to the late Albert Joseph & Cora Marion (Brunner) DeBaker.

Gene has been a devoted member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church since 1955. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus as well as a Past Faithful Navigator.

Gene and Rena traveled extensively, enjoying God’s beauty around the world and spending time with their family and friends. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 1987 as a Mechanical Engineer after more than 33 years of dedicated service. Gene was a certified Tennessee Wildlife Safety Hunter Instructor. It was with great pride and honor that he educated our young hunters, not only regarding hunting, but with emphasis on the importance of gun safety and responsibility. Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, brother, and friend; he will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Rena S. DeBaker. Left to cherish his memories are his two daughters, Regina A. DeBaker-Bonyadi & husband Byron and Deborah R. Titpon & husband Ken; three grandchildren, Deborah Morgan Tipton, Brogun Albert Tipton, and Cyrus Jian Bonyadi; brother, Joseph Roy DeBaker; two sisters, Karen DeBaker Knitt and Patricia DeBaker Hoffman; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends, and Brother Knights. The family will receive friends on Friday (March 9, 2018) from 5 to 7 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday (March 10, 2018) at 8:30 a.m. at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church (2517 N John B Dennis Hwy Kingsport, TN 37660) with Father Michael Cummings officiating. Gene will be laid to rest beside of his beloved wife on Saturday (March 10, 2018) at 10 a.m. in the Garden of the Good Shepherd at East Lawn Memorial Park. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Posts 3/265. Knights of Columbus Counsel 6992 will be serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beginning of Life Memorial Fund for Gene DeBaker’s grandchildren via PayPal at

Online condolences may be made to the DeBaker family at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the DeBaker family.


  • Regina A. DeBaker-Bonyadi and husband Byron, Daughter
  • Deborah R. Tipton and husband Ken, Daughter
  • Deborah Morgan Tipton, Brogun Albert Tipton, Cyrus Jian Bonyadi, Grandchildren
  • Joseph Roy DeBaker, Brother
  • Karen DeBaker Knitt, Sister
  • Patricia DeBaker Hoffman, Sister
  • Several Nieces and Nephews, Family
  • A Host of Friends, Friends
  • Brother Knights, Friends
  • Albert Joseph and Cora Marion (Brunner) DeBaker, Parents - Deceased
  • Rena S. DeBaker, Wife - Deceased

  • Knights of Columbus Counsel 6992

  • Beginning of Life Memorial Fund


  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, March 10, 2018

Eugene Albert DeBaker

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Vicky Romero Little

March 12, 2018

Regina and Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. God Bless...
Vicky Romero Little

Judy & Joe Blakley

March 10, 2018

Dear Regina, Deborah & families,
We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of your father. We are thankful to have known him & your mother. They were good friends & we treasure the memories of their friendship. You have been & will continue to be in our thoughts & prayers. In Christ's Love,
Judy & Joe Blakley

John and Mary Luongo

March 10, 2018

A great man has passed on and will be remembered by all parishioners at St. Dominic Saturday evening mass. God will take extra good care of our brother Gene and we will meet up again someday. That will be a truly joyous reunion!

Shirley Hutchins

March 10, 2018

So sorry to hear of Mr. DeBaker’s passing. He was always very nice !Even though, I did not know him very well ,it was a pleasure to know him as a good servant in our church for God!!! -S.L.Hutchins and Family

Mike & Debbie Miller

March 8, 2018

When we moved to the Kingsport area and joined St. Dominic Parish in 1985, Gene & Rena were among the first and nicest people to greet us and make us feel welcome. Over the years, we have enjoyed participating with them in many Knights of Columbus and other parish activities. Gene will be sadly missed, but will certainly enjoy his heavenly reward alongside his beloved Rena.