Eugene Edward "Gene" Pomplitz

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  • "I knew Gene and Ginny my entire life. They were my parents..."
    - Susan Gutierrez-Cossaboom
  • "Gene and Ginny Pomplitz lived on the street above my home..."
    - Jody (Jensen) Tiefel
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Vancouver Funeral Chapel | Funeral Homes Vancouver WA
110 East 12th Street
Vancouver, WA

September 13, 1924 ~ April 1, 2011
" Gene wanted to be remembered as an honest person
and a man of great character."

Eugene Edward Pomplitz, 86, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on April 1, 2011. He was born Sept. 13, 1924, at Sellwood General Hospital in Portland, OR to Orlando Henry Pomplitz and Hazel Pearl McKay Pomplitz.
After graduating from Stevenson High School, in Stevenson, WA, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving four years in the European Theatre of Germany and France, first as a cadet/pilot and then in the Engineering Department.
Gene worked 43 years as a plumbing foreman/superintendent for Urban Plumbing and Heating and Lord Brother's Contractors. He oversaw all plumbing when Portland's Providence Hospital was built, and later remodeled. Gene was involved in the building of Vancouver Memorial Hospital, various schools in Portland and Vancouver, and was superintendent of plumbing and heating during construction of Portland's Memorial Coliseum.
He was a lifelong student of the Columbia River, living on it his entire life, and had fond memories of fishing and hiking along its shore.
Gene and Ginny enjoyed cross country travel to North Carolina to visit relatives and loved living in the Great Northwest and spending time with wonderful neighbors.
Gene believed the best advice he could give people was "to be honest, faithful, and true to those who know you and love you."
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Orlando Pomplitz; and his beloved wife, Virginia Cohen Pomplitz, originally of Concord, NC.
A Celebration of Life for Gene will be held at a later date, to be announced. Private inurement will be at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests the following: Higher education was a passion for both Gene and his wife, Ginny. He wanted to encourage people reading this to possibly consider giving to a person in need of funds to pursue their own dream or further their education.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 5, 2011
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