Gene Pilkinton

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GENE PILKINTON 5/8/1925 - 12/31/2013 On December 31, 2013, Gene Pilkinton, returned home to his Lord and Savior. Gene Tunney Pilkinton was born in Bristow, Oklahoma on May 8, 1925. He was the 6th of 14 children born to Charles and Alice Pilkinton. After graduating from Garfield County High School in Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 1944, Gene enlisted in the Navy reserve. He served on Sub Chaser SC637 in WWII and was Honorably Discharged on June 6, 1946 as Radioman 3rd Class. Gene, lovingly known as Pinky, spent a few years playing minor league baseball but eventually became associated with the Apple Valley Ranchos Building and Development Company. His job was to bring clients to Apple Valley and sell real estate. One of those clients was a young teacher newly arrived in California from Wisconsin. On September 19, 1959 he married Kathy Joan England and a fifty year love story began. Through the years, he held many positions in the High Desert including bartender at the Green Tree Inn, Southwest Gas representative, and Magic Carpet Tours escorting groups to Hawaii and Alaska. He later became a sales representative for Chicago Title, giving motivational talks to many High Desert businesses; his motto was "sell your socks off". Pinky believed in Apple Valley and the High Desert. He WAS Mr. Apple Valley. He was an active and long time member of the Lions Club, Elks Club, Apple Valley Country Club, Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, SCAV Hackers Golf Club, High Desert Opportunity, Jess Ranch Community Church and Church of the Valley (rummage sales were his expertise). Gene was a dedicated friend, and we will miss him for his positive attitude, storytelling, and his incredible sense of humor. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Kathy and his daughter Debra. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Church of the Valley. A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 15th at the Church of the Valley, 20700 Standing Rock Ave., Apple Valley. Reception to follow.
Published in the Daily Press from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2014
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