Ira Eugene “Gene” Holcomb
Oct. 24, 1927-Jan. 23, 2014
Ira Eugene “Gene” Holcomb, longtime resident of Harbor, passed away Jan. 23, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital. He was 86 years old.
Gene was born Oct. 24, 1927, in Copeland, Kan., to parents, Ira Bennett Holcomb and Wilhelmina Sarah Hintz Holcomb.
The family moved first to Colorado, then to Roseburg, in the early 1930s.
He is survived by Jerry, his wife of 62 years. He is also survived by a brother Melvin of Roseburg, children David Eugene Holcomb of Roseburg, William Olson and wife Virginia of Roseburg, Shirley Gardipee and husband Rod of Eugene, Judy Hickey of Harbor, Susan Kay Johnson and husband John of St. Clairsville, Ohio; and Michael Eugene Holcomb and wife Virginia of San Diego, Ca.
Gene’s daughter Carol Anne Smith, his parents and four older brothers preceded him in death
He also leaves 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Gene joined the U.S. Navy on Dec. 7, 1944. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Area aboard the USS Monongahela. He served as a radarman third class. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He was honorably discharged from active duty on July 3, 1946, but continued in inactive duty until April 16, 1952.
In Roseburg he worked on the railroad and at the Roseburg Rural Fire Department.
He and Jerry Kimble were married Aug. 30, 1951, while living in Roseburg.
Gene and Jerry moved to Harbor in October 1966, where Gene bought a fishing boat, the Garnet, and fished commercially for several years. He sold the boat and bought an 18-wheeler. He hauled freight across country until his retirement in 1992. Following retirement Gene drove truck for Dahlstrom and Watt of Smith River for a few years.
After a second retirement, Gene and Jerry spent several years traveling around the southwest in their travel trailer. Gene loved driving, whether working or for pleasure. He also loved his family and took great pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gene and Jerry’s last trip was to fly to San Diego, where their son Michael and wife Virginia hosted them for Christmas 2013. They were also able to visit other children at Christmas time.
Gene was active in his church, serving as a deacon, usher, and as leader in plans toward building a new church.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at First Baptist Community Church, 607 Pacific Ave, Brookings.
If desired, instead of flowers, donations may be made in his name to First Baptist Community Church, new building fund, P.O. Box 4159, Brookings OR 97415.