Gene was born in
Cooper, Oklahoma on the 10th day of August, 1925.
He was one of seven siblings.
He passed away comfortably on the 1st of January.
The son of Byrd and Lila Hendren.
Gene moved to the Northwest as a young boy in 1935,
where he grew up and lived in the Stayton area most of
his life. He loved
fishing, and was an avid hunter.
He also enjoyed the many years having worked as a logger.
At the age of 17, Gene joined the Navy and served our
country with courage and valor.
He was involved in 5 of the 7 invasions
of WWII. He was
awarded many medals and ribbons, including the purple heart.
He was a member of the Santiam Canyon VFW Post #5638 for
many years, and donated a lot of time and money to the post as
an active member.
Gene is survived by
his sisters, Elva Killinger, Vera Mae Sidwell and Jane Johnson
all of the Portland area; brother, Trent Hendren of Arizona; as
well as his companion of many years, Rose Boese; many nephews
and nieces, including Floyd Hendren of Salem and Mary Elaine
Miles of Lebanon. He
was preceded in death by his brother, Leo and sister, Evelyn
The family wishes to
thank Willamette Valley Hospice for all their care and to Mary
Elaine Miles, a loving and devoted niece who saw to Gene’s
needs and care for the last two years.
Visitation will be
Wed. Jan. 5th from 9 am – 5 pm at Weddle Funeral Chapel,
Stayton, Oregon. Funeral service with military honors will be at
Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, on Thurs. Jan. 6th at 11:00 am.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Post #5638.
Arrangements entrusted to Weddle