Gothenburg Resident: Gene O. Shawley, age 71 (1942-2014)

Gene Owen Shawley, 71, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died January 19th, 2014 at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with Cancer.

He was born August 22nd, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, to Ray Tolstrup and Elaine (Adams) Shawley.

Gene grew up in Bainbridge Island, Washington where he graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1960.  Following graduation Gene served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Gene worked as a machinist for many years in the Poulsbo, Washington area and worked for the Washington Deptartment of Transportation.   He retired from there as a general foreman.

Gene was married to Beverly Hall of Gothenburg on June 23rd, 2013, at the Evangelical Free Church and made his home in Gothenburg until his passing.

Gene loved spending time with his family and staying active in his church.

He is survived by his wife Beverly Hall of Gothenburg; four sons and five daughters; 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother Steve Shawley and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and one brother.

Memorial Services will be held at Evangelical Free Church, (today) January 23rd, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Nathaniel Gustafson officiating.

Inurnment will take place in Poulsbo at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Avenue, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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