Today I buried my daddy On, March 5, 2014 we went on his last journey. We had numerous cruises together. He loved the sea since he was a sailor in World War ll. We said goodbye to a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and father-in-law. He was a best friend to his son-in-laws and a friend to all who knew him. He had his priorities straight, His faith in God, and his promise to love, honor, and cherish with extraordinary love and tender care of his wife Elizabeth Goodman (Bunkle). Gene (daddy) provided for and guided his children, Carol Bompart, Jessica (Donnie) Tarkington and me Rosie (Willie) Wright to adulthood. We stopped looking at him as just Dad, but also our friend. He loved his cousin (Mattie Kemp) as a sister. He cherished time with his family and their families. He never met a stranger He loved everybody. He always had stories to share. His love for his family was well known. This included his grandchildren, Tim (Tracy), Mark, (Christie), Cynthia and Mike (Holly) and his great grandchildren Stormi, T.J., Alexandria, and Brooklyn and Haley. He had a genuine smile and a twinkle in his brown eyes. A nicer man, you'll never meet. He loved meeting people and travelling across the World. He was honest, kind, content, and loving. He died with nobility and dignity. He fought a valiant fight but in the end, he was ready to go home. He asks Jesus to come and get him. Where we know he was received with a victorious reception. While we are relieved that his suffering has ended, our hearts are heavy and broken. He will be sorely missed. Tonight the circle of family is broken but we know we will see daddy again. We will all carry his love in our heart.