Gene Arthur Avery, 78, peacefully passed away at home in
Nampa, Idaho on April 14, 2015. Gene was
comforted by his wife Lois and his eldest son Mark during a brief battle with
Gene was born in Donnelly, Idaho in 1936 and he was raised
in Council, Idaho. Gene attended school
in Council where he played basketball and football in High School. After graduation Gene proudly served in the
U.S. Army. His duty station was in
Europe. Gene always joked that he went
over and won the war.
Upon return to the states Gene married Helen Champion and
they had four children, Kristen (Avery) Fuller, Mark Avery, Robin (Avery)
Murphy and Chad Avery (and his wife Janet).
Gene and Helen would later divorce.
In 1971, Gene and his family moved to Alaska where Gene would
eventually work for the Public Health Service which took him to many remote
locations in Alaska and he experienced many new adventures.
It was in Anchorage, Alaska that Gene met, as he would
always say “the love of his life” Lois.
They were married December 16, 1982.
With that marriage was an addition to the family of Becky (Richardson)
Starry and her husband Jack.
Gene and Lois enjoyed many great times in Alaska and
eventually settled in Nampa, Idaho for retirement.
Gene loved many things in life, family first and foremost;
he was an avid pilot that flew to many remote Alaskan locations. He enjoyed
driving semi-tractors and trailers and spent many years behind the wheel. Gardening was another of his favorites and he
especially enjoyed eating the fresh vegetables.
Gene will be held tightly in our hearts and thoughts. He
will be dearly missed. In this time of sadness we know how very fortunate we
are to have known him and the pleasure to experience all that he had to share.
Gene is survived by his wife Lois, his brother William
(Bill) Avery, and Gene’s children,
Kristin, Mark, Robin,
Chad, Becky and their spouses, 12 Grandchildren, 13 Great-Grandchildren, and
various other family members.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and
Dorothy (Downend) Avery, his younger brother James (Jim) Avery and his nephew
Jeffrey (Jeff) Avery.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at
3:00 p.m. at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.