Gene Funderburg, formerly of Hahn's Peak, died Feb. 17, 2008, in Oklahoma City. He was 80.
Gene was born on Oct. 27, 1927 in Tipton, Okla., to John and Madge (Berryman) Funderburg.
He graduated from Lawton High in Oklahoma, where he was active in football, basketball and academics. Gene was also an Eagle Scout. After graduation, he attended Texas A&M University where he enrolled in the Air Cadet Program. Gene joined the Army Air Corp after his freshman year and was sent to Europe as a P51 fighter pilot. He received flack wounds over Belgium while escorting B-29 Bombers, and received a Purple Heart for his injuries. Gene also was awarded the Soldiers Medal and Air Medal for distinguished service and acts of heroism while in the military. He was honorably discharged June 7, 1947.
Gene married Dorothy Brooks on May 19, 1945, in Walters, Okla. After the war, he worked at Ft. Sill with the civil service, and retired in 1974. Gene received his Realtor's license and sold real estate in Lawton for the next 20 years. After Dorothy's death in 1999, he married Pat Robinson in November 2000.
The welfare and happiness of his family was Gene's primary concern throughout his life. He enjoyed playing golf and hunting, and was extremely proud of the home he built in Hahn's Peak, where he spent his summers for the past 20 years. Gene is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Dorothy, daughter Sandra Funderburg, brother Elonzo Funderburg, and sister Anna Mae Baird.
Gene is survived by his wife Pat; one daughter, Julia Moon and husband Leon of Blue Springs, Mo.; one son, Randy Funderburg and wife, Karen, of Oklahoma City; two step-sons, Kevin Robinson and wife Angelique of Pocola, Okla., and Keith Robinson and wife Angie of Pocola, Okla.; four grandchildren, Timothy Moon and wife, Jennifer of Holts Summit, Mo., and Patty Kingsbury and husband David of Bristol, Conn., Rachel Funderburg of Oklahoma City, Julia Allbee and husband, Chris of Marysville, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends and family may send their condolences and sign Gene's online guestbook by visiting www.lawtonfuneralhome.com.