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Jay E. (Gene-O) Gould, 63, died Wednesday, September 7, 2005, at the Portland Veterans Medical Center due to complications from surgery. His memorial service will be held Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 2:00 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home. Military rites will be accorded by Baker City Amvets Post 1874.
Gene was born November 10, 1941, in Los Angeles, California, to Stanley and Rena Gould. He attended a boys Catholic school during his youth until he entered the U.S. Army. He served his country for nine years.
He lived most of his life throughout Texas and Oklahoma. He married the love of his life, Doris Jo Williams, on December 31, 1963. Together they had four children. They moved to Baker City in 1992. After moving to Oregon, Gene went to work at Marvin Wood Products, where throughout the years, he made lots of friends.
He loved to bowl and played in league play at Baker Bowl for years. There he gained his nickname, “Gene, Gene, the bowling machine.”
Gene was also known as a great softball player and a true jokester. Gene will always be remembered by all who knew him as a guy who loved to speak his mind, laugh, pull pranks, fish, bowl, and gamble, his other true love.
Gene is survived by his family, his daughter and son-in-law, Voncille and Gary Sanders of Baker City; his son and daughter-in-law, Herschel and Heather Gould of Hermiston; five grandchildren, Tyler and Christina Urman of Hermiston; Herschel Gould, Jr., of Hermiston; Crystal and Shawn Gonzales of Baker City; Tiffany Williams and Carl Bork of Baker City; three great-grandchildren, Jayden and Josie Hallett, and Jordyn Gonzales all of Baker City; sister, Helen Yates of Tennessee; three nieces, Debbie, Carol and Cheryl of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Butch and Mike of Texas; and lots of brothers and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons, two grandchildren, one brother, one sister and his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gene Gould Foundation 340 4th Street, Baker City, Oregon 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 9, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor