Bernerd “Gene” Eugene Caldwell
February 20, 1940 - May 21, 2009
Bernerd Eugene “Gene” Caldwell, 69, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died May 21, 2009, at the Hood River Care Center.
A service to honor Gene’s life is planed for 11 a.m. Monday, June 1, at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Gene was born Feb. 20, 1940, in Olympia, Wash., to “Barney” and Edith (Carr) Caldwell. He graduated from high school in Shelton, Wash., and then earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Wash.
He came to Hood River in 1975 and worked as an accountant for the next 32 years. He met and married his wife, Gilona, in 1985.
Gene was a member of the Hood River Rotary Club, Hood River Chamber of Commerce and the Hood River Elks. He often volunteered his time helping senior citizens with their tax returns. He also sold apples for Rotary and was a bell ringer at Christmastime.
Gene loved music, football, basketball and baseball. At one time he was a member and the commissioner of a fantasy football team. Gene enjoyed league bowling, running and jogging in local races.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Edith Caldwell.
Gene is survived by his wife, Gilona; daughter, Lisa Rothman, and sons Matt and Mike Caldwell, all of Hood River. Four grandchildren also survive.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of sympathy for his family.