HAVRE – Eugene (Gene) Francis Gabriel was summoned by the Lord on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at his home in Havre.
Gene was born to John and Constance Gabriel in Graceville, Minn., on May 22, 1925. He attended schools in Minnesota and North Dakota.
In February 1943, Gene entered the U.S. Navy. He proudly served on the USS Benson in the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. The Benson was at Tokyo Bay, where the crew witnessed the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri on Sept. 5, 1945. The Benson received four battle stars during her service. Discharged in January 1946, he served in the Navy Reserves and was recalled to duty in January 1951 to serve in the Korean War aboard the USS Jupiter.
After his honorable discharge in April 1952, Gene worked in Great Falls.
He wed the love of his life, Gracia Brownrigg, in December 1952 and together started a family.
In 1963, the Gabriel family moved to Havre, where Gene operated several endeavors under one roof. He was a gifted and talented technician that will serve Heaven well.
Gene was an accomplished private pilot, enjoyed charcoal sketching, and was a wonderful tenor. He was immensely proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He understood the stars in the heavens and shared his knowledge with the awestruck children.
Preceding Gene in death were his father John; and mother Constance; sister Peggy Jackson; and brothers Harold, Raymond, J.P. and Robert.
Survivors include his devoted wife Gracia; sister Elenore Schultz; daughters Patricia (Charlie) Turner and Carol (Paul) Candleana; sons Ronald (Faye) Gabriel, Gale (Nan) Gabriel and James Gabriel; grandchildren Tiffany (Erin), Nicole (Brandon), Jared, Tim, Philip, Emily and P.J.; great-grandchildren Cierra, Kenny and Trynyty; nieces, nephews and many good friends
The House of Seven Gabriels will miss you.
Gene will be interred at the Veteran’s Section of the Highland Cemetery in Havre, with Military Honors at a later date.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers or gifts, that donations be sent to the Havre Senior Citizens Center, or the Havre Public Schools Foundation c/o Pam Hillary, in Gene’s name.