LEWISTOWN - Gene M. Warner, 85, of Lewistown, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Lewistown Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born Melvin Gene Warner on Sept. 24, 1927, in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Albert Pierce and Helena Ester Amy (Peffer) Warner. The love of his life, Joyce Louise (Rutherford) Warner, whom he married on May 29, 1946, survives. They were married for 66 years.
Surviving are: children, Ronald Blake Warner and wife, Diann (McLaughlin), of Lewistown, and Albert Gene Warner and wife, Sharon (Kenepp), of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Rhonda K. Warner, of Lewistown, James Scott Warner and wife, Carla (Wagner), of Mount Clemens, Mich., Matthew D. Warner and wife, Trisha (Porter), of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Jeffrey M. Warner and wife, Stacey (Tilley), of Jacksonville, Fla.; great- grandchildren, Tara Joyce Warner, of Lewistown, Nathan A. Ciccolini, of Lewistown, Benjamin M. Warner, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Alicia J. Warner-Quintero, of Mount Clemens, Mich., and Randa P. Warner, of Mount Clemens, Mich.; and great-great- grandchild, Antonio Qintero, of Mount Clemens, Mich.
Also surviving are: sisters, Mildred "Girlie" Simpson, of Lewistown, and Faye "Dolly" Johnston, of West Des Moines, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert "Bud" L. Warner, of Guam and N. Bruce Warner and Marlin R. Warner, both of Lewistown.
He was a 1945 graduate of Lewistown High School and still enjoyed attending class reunions.
Gene was a military veteran, serving in the United States Navy, aboard USS Texas during World War II.
He was employed in various departments at Standard Steel starting as a carpenter in 1950. He worked his way up the ladder, holding positions of foreman of laborers, working supervisor of carpenters, and assistant foreman of carpenter and labor. He retired as general foreman of mechanical maintenance in December 1982 after 32 years of service. He took great pride in being called back by Standard to design and build a full-size, wooden locomotive engine in celebration of their bicentennial commemoration in 1995.
Early in life, Gene spent much of his time being a Little League coach, bowling, fishing and golfing at the Lewistown Country Club, where he was a member for many years. He loved his various "man" trips out west with friends, hunting. He also enjoyed various trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City with his wife, friends and family.
Gene was a devoted Penn State University football fan, holding season tickets for more than 33 years, in which he took full advantage of the tailgating opportunities. He was also a loyal Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan, no matter how bad of a season they were having.
More recently, Gene loved hunting and fishing at the Warner Line Camp, in Licking Creek, with close friends and family, but would still on occasion sneak off to Hollywood Casino for a day trip. His passion was woodworking, as he was a brilliant carpenter from the time he could hold a hammer.
Gene loved and had close bonds with his wife, sons and family. He lived for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, about whom he never got tired sharing stories. He cherished the many friends and family who surrounded him throughout his life. He will be remembered as the family prankster, and will be sadly missed by all of those who had come to be part of his life. He leaves behind a legacy of wisdom, strength, laughter, hope and love.
His funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Heller- Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. John Looney officiating. Interment will be held in Lind Memorial Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to "Friends of Ohesson", 276 Green Ave. Ext., Lewistown, PA. 17044.
Online condolences may be offered at www.heller hoenstinefuneralhome. com.