Eugene A. "Gene" Forbes
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April 2, 1945 ˜ February 11, 2019

Eugene A. Forbes, known by loved ones as “Gene,” passed away at the age of 73 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on February 11, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington. He took his last breath and peacefully entered into the arms of Jesus while surrounded by his beloved friends and family. Gene found salvation in Jesus Christ several years ago and has faithfully served Him since. He was born to his parents Eugene and Gloria Forbes on April 2, 1945 in Hilo, Hawaii. At the age of 7, he moved with his family to the mainland where they made their home in Vancouver, Washington. Gene graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1963 before taking classes in engineering at Clark College.
He enlisted in the Navy where he worked for 7 years as a nuclear electrician. He served on multiple ships, most notably the U.S.S Long Beach, and was Veteran in the Vietnam War.
While serving in the Navy, Gene married his wife Rachel at the age of 25 and had his first of three daughters the following year.
After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Gene completed an apprenticeship as an electrician and held several jobs in related fields before beginning a life-long career as an electrician with the Columbian newspaper.
He entered into a life of retirement where he enjoyed being a grandpa and spending time with his family.
Gene is remembered as a generous, faithful, and dependable family man. He proudly declared his family as his legacy. Gene took pride in being a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, and a grandfather. He would do anything to serve his family. Gene was elated to recently learn his first great-grandchild would be born this summer, to which his reply was “I’ve always been a ‘great’ grandpa.”
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Rachel; three daughters, Beth (Lee) Owings, Laura Mourton and Suzy Zumstein; eight grandchildren, David, Ryan and Allison Owings, Robbie and Parker Mourton, and Amy, Emily and Chloe Zumstein; his younger siblings, John and Florence; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. A memorial service will be planned for Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at Walnut Grove Church. Family may be contacted for additional information.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 19, 2019.
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March 2, 2019
I enjoyed working with Gene, he was a good friend.
David Haas
February 23, 2019
I was blessed to work with Gene and call him a friend. The one thing that was never in doubt with Gene was that his family was his life. He loved Rachel, adored his daughters, and when the grandchildren came along he was over the moon. He was a good example for those around him and he will be missed by many.
Carol Starbuck
February 22, 2019
The world lost a true gentleman with Gene's passing. It was always a pleasure working with him. My sincere condolences to the family.
Shelley Zarrouki
February 20, 2019
So sorry Gene has died. Prayers to all of you
Carol Shimer
February 20, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
February 19, 2019
We will miss you so much, Gene. We have so many fond memories of our times spent with you. Bob will miss sharing military stories with you.

You are in our thoughts and prayers, Rachel, and your entire family whom we love dearly! God Bless you All!!
Robert and Sherri Slawson
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