EUGENE R. 'GENE' MOLINE died May 6, 1998, in his Des Moines, Washington, home. He was 81.
Born January 16, 1917 in Georgetown, Washington, to Barney and Mary Moline, Mr. Moline was the son of a pioneer Suise Creek family and the grandson of Finnish immigrants who arrived in the United States in the early 1800s.
Gene married Rita Mae Gippe in 1966. He worked as a logger in the northwest and worked at Seattle City Light for 25 years, retiring in 1978.
He was a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch 20 (now known as Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Association). He was also a member of Valley City Masonic Lodge, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Gene enjoyed traveling to display his old tractors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers, Roy, Walter, Albert and Orville Moline.
Mr. Moline is survived by his wife Rita Moline of Des Moines, Washington, two sons, Roy A. and Melvin Moline, both of Roy, Washington; two stepdaughters, Sharon Schlecht of Kent and Lorraine Stanley of Illahee; two sisters, Elsie Wise of Kent and Alena Johnson of Auburn; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Helen Pearman, Treasurer/Secretary of Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Association.