June 27, 1931 – August 12, 2019
C. Eugene “Gene” Newcomer, 88, of Gresham, passed away on August 12, 2019. Gene was born June 27, 1931 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Gresham High School and continued his education receiving various technical certificates. Gene served in the US Air Force for four years before receiving his honorable discharge in 1955.
Gene married his first wife, Janice C. Franks, in Vancouver, Washington, on January 19, 1952. Together they raised a family and shared many happy years of marriage, Janice passed away in 1998. Years later, he was fortunate to meet and marry his second wife, Ruthie Newcomer. The two were married aboard the Portland Spirit on September 23, 2003.
Gene had a successful career as an Audio Visual Engineer for Pacific Northwest Bell and The Raytheon Company. He was a member of the Mazamas, The Mountaineers of Seattle, The Gresham Senior Center, and the National Association of Broadcasters. Gene had a passion for hiking, mountain and rock climbing, traveling the world, and his dog Kalie. He was also a Ham Radio License Holder with the call sign W7ONQ, which he proudly displayed on his license plate for many years.
Gene is survived by his wife, Ruthie Newcomer; his children, Julie Stewart (William) and Robert Newcomer (Lisa); his grandchildren Christopher, Cameron (Doriana), Quinton (Kayla) Stewart, and Dane Newcomer; great granddaughter Aiyana Stewart; and his sister, Wanette Jones. His son Gene Newcomer and his siblings, Kenneth, Lester, and Thelma precede him in death.
A committal service with military honors for Gene will be held Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97086. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 AM at Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97086.
Gene is survived by his wife, Ruthie Newcomer; his children, Julie Stewart (William) and Robert Newcomer (Lisa); his grandchildren Christopher, Cameron (Doriana), Quinton (Kayla) Stewart, and Dane Newcomer; great granddaughter Aiyana Stewart; and his sister, Wanette Jones.
His son Gene Newcomer and his siblings, Kenneth, Lester, and Thelma precede him in death.
- Alzheimer's Association
- Committal Service with Military Honors Monday, August 19, 2019
- Memorial Service Monday, August 19, 2019
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August 19, 2019
Gene was very kind and intelligent. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved his wife and family. The joy and companionship that he brought to my cousin, Ruthie, will always be one of my favorite memories about him. He will surely be missed.
August 16, 2019
Papa took me in after graduating college to help me get into a better position in my life without asking anything in return.
I reflect on all the places of significance he took me and all the things he taught me. Just because he wanted to share something he thought was important with us. He taught me a lot of the true value in knowledge and culture.
Much love ... will see you very soon
August 16, 2019
When Dad was a younger man he enjoyed riding motorcycles. He owned and rose Nortans and a Royal Endfield.
He had a paper route and had a problem with misplacing his gloves. So his brother said to his parents after buying him a new set "he will just loose them anyway". He made a bet with his brother that he wouldn't loose them for a Marlin 22 rifle that he had seen in a catalog. He put the gloves in his dresser until he won the bet.