Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home

409 West Main Street, Monroe, WA


Gene Arnold Guptill

July 14, 1932December 30, 2019

Gene Arnold Guptill of Monroe WA died December 30th at his home surrounded by multiple generations of his family who loved him dearly. Gene was born on July 14th, 1932 in Everett WA to Glen and Jesse Guptill. As a youth, Gene and his family lived in Everett and Carnation before moving to Yeager Road in Monroe in 1944. Gene was a graduate of the Monroe High School class of 1950. Gene enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951 during the Korean War. Shortly after his honorable discharge in 1955, Gene and his friends started the Sky Valley Speedway in Monroe where he excelled as the driver of the red car number 11. Gene also went to work for the Great Northern Railroad after his discharge from the Navy and he retired in 1996 from the BNSF as a Locomotive Engineer with 43 years of service. Gene joined the Monroe Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter in 1973. Gene was an extremely active and valuable member of the department and served in multiple leadership roles and was a premier problem solver and fixer of things needing fixing both literally and figuratively. Gene served as the first Volunteer Association President and several years on the Grievance Committee. Gene was appointed Assistant Fire Chief by Chief Kirk Stickels in 1982 and held that position until he was asked to serve as Interim Fire Chief in 1987 after the departure of Chief Pat Vollandt. Gene was appointed by the returning Chief Stickels as the Technical Liaison Officer and held that position until 1994 when Chief Tom Healy appointed him as the Departments Safety Officer. Gene held that position until his retirement in 1997 after 25 years of dedicated service. Upon his retirement from the Fire Department, Gene was awarded the honorary rank of “Chief Engineer of the Department”. In his retired years Gene could be frequently seen walking around the streets of Monroe for exercise. He also enjoyed his standing lunch dates on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Fridays with his friends at Jeno’s and their infamous “Safety Meetings” in the afternoons in the lounge where stories were abundant. Family was extremely important to Gene and he would never miss an opportunity to spend time with them even if it meant a trip to Montana. Annual family vacations to Long Beach WA. and walks on the Boardwalk were among his favorites. In 1960 Gene married his wife of 59 years, Noreen Lorenz and they made their home in Monroe. Gene is survived by his wife Noreen, their two children Susan, and Steve (Lori), five grandchildren; Jana, Mathew, Ashley, Kale and Amanda and one great grandson Clayton. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 19th at 2pm at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds 4-H Building. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Monroe Senior Center or the Monroe Food Bank in memory of Gene Guptill.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 19, 2020


Gene Arnold Guptill

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Suzanne Trombley Mayfield

January 6, 2020

Noreen and Family,
It’s hard to know where to start when speaking about Gene. I feel like I’ve known him my entire life. Us local “kids” can’t remember a time we didn’t know him. Our parents went to school together and we all grew up together...like family. He always had a smile and a kind word. I hope your sweet memories will be a comfort to you.

Bob Frankhouser

January 5, 2020

He was a good man. He will be missed. RIP.

Gene Whiteside

January 5, 2020

It was a Honor to know Gene. He set the Bar how to be a Father, Husband,Grandfather and Civic Leader.
Monroe will miss this Great Man!!!

Steve Dickmeyer

January 4, 2020

Noreen, Steve, Sue, and Family. I very sorry for your loss. He was definitely part of my life growing up and always help keep me going in the right direction. He was a great man and leader when I would hang around the Fire. Dept. He taught me alot of things about life. I will miss him forever!! Love you Gene!!

Curt Kern

January 4, 2020

Noreen, Steve, Sue and family....

Gene was as much my 2nd dad as anybody I know and I will miss that man immensely. Starting years ago when my dad was still with us and I would meet them and others at Ixtapa for Thursday happy hour safety meetings through the last 13 years after dad has been gone....I looked forward to coming into Monroe just to be able to sit with them and reminisce about our racing experiences over the years and whatever else they wanted to talk about. Those meetings will never be the same. We were lucky to have these wonderful people in our lives and grown up in small town Monroe. Things I remember as a kid growing up and the memories I have of Gene and the rest of our lifelong friends will stay with me forever. R.I.P. Gene Guptill.....you have meant a bunch to many.

Kathy Riley-Hokanson

December 31, 2019

Noreen and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I have known Gene all of my life. He was an extraordinary man always smiling, inviting and always had a warm hug.
He will be missed by many.

Patti St. Peter-Campbell

December 30, 2019

My thoughts are with you Noreen and kids. I’ve known Gene and family my entire life and have so many early memories at the race track and fireman’s picnics throughout the years. He was the sweetest man and I will miss him. I’m so thankful I was able to visit with him at my dads memorial. He talked with me about so many memories. God Bless

Laurie Aschenbrenner

December 30, 2019

My memories go back as far as I can remember. He has always been in my life, from day one. Growing up, family picnics, racing picnics, time he and Norene spent with my mom and dad. Pictures and stories to last forever. I'm so thankful to have been even a small part of this man's life. Norene, Sue and Steve, and all your family, my heart goes out to all of you. Love you all!

crystal Silva

December 30, 2019

Gene was someone a lot of people looked up to, including my son Jamie. I didn't know Gene as well as I would like to have, but he always had a smile and a hello wheneverI saw him. People are known for the lives they touch, the memories they leave behind and the integrity they have, Gene was this and more, he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends and all of those who loved & cared about Gene. Blessings! He is now at peace!!