Eugene DeWitt (Gene) Aylesworth

1920 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Eugene DeWitt (Gene) Aylesworth Obituary
Eugene, (Gene) DeWitt Aylesworth 1920 - 2012 Eugene, (Gene) DeWitt Aylesworth was born March 29, 1920 in Omaha Nebraska and died December 25, 2012 in Bakersfield, CA. He was 92. His parents, Egbert and Alga Aylesworth, raised Gene on a farm in Council Bluffs, Iowa. After helping his Father milk their 26 Dairy Cows, he rode his horse, "Joy" to the "One-Room" School House. Upon graduating 8th grade, he boarded with the Normal Community High School, Janitor and his Wife during the week as there was no high school near his home. Gene graduated with Honors in 1938. And began college that Fall, though not for long. Gene entered the U.S. Navy Nov., 27, 1941 where he served aboard the Eppie Maru. His talents and interests were in electrical. He also was called to run the Mine-Sweep Crews. His only regrets regarding his service time were that he was never assigned to a Submarine. Gene was honorably discharged Nov. 1947. During his years at sea he visited a few different ports in Alaska. He was so impressed with them that he returned several times throughout his life to fish, once reeling in a 15.5lb. Trout, a record! In addition to fishing, Gene loved motorcycles and bowling. He rode from Illinois to Canada and down through the Florida Keys. Racking up many miles and many great memories. Gene worked for SCE in Southern Ca. for 30 years. Retiring in 1978 as an Electrical Supervisor. He and his crews installed all of the underground facilities in Long Beach Harbor and beyond. Though living and working in So. Ca. Gene continued his enjoyment of boating and fishing. He owned and operated a Boat Rental Service at Lake Mead, Nevada. He sold that and moved to Lake Isabella, Ca. It was there he met and married the "Love of his Life", Nancy. They married June 3, 1995 and lived a delicious adventure, complete with a trip to Scotland where they traced the land of both their families' beginnings. They sold their home in Isabella and moved to a home built for them in Solera of Bakersfield. Tragically Nancy lost her valiant fight with cancer January 17, 2012. Though himself, in a war with cancer, Gene never surrended. He accompanied his friend, Curt Studebaker several times a week to various parts of Kern and Tulare Co. for work assignments. They shared many meals, giggles (snickers), stories and adventures. He attended high school baseball games and feasted on Frog Legs, supervised brandings and helped his neighbors run their water lines. Though lonely for Nancy he continued to "live!" In September, Gene suffered a stroke. It robbed him of his sight. Though his world had gone dark he did not complain. It was discovered at that time that his cancer had spread throughout his bones. Never did he complain. On the morning of Dec. 21, a second stroke delivered an eventual, lethal blow. Gene reunited with his Nancy Christmas Day. Gene was a servant to a greater good. He was a Mason his entire, adult life and was a recipient of the Hiram Award. He was a DeMolay, Member, Shriner and Active Member of the NRA. He believed in hard work and doing the "Proper" thing. He was a gracious host, gifted conversationalist and dapper dresser. Gene was a "softie" for animals, (Not fish) and a "Strong Woman!" He was an artist, a competitor and a stubborn Scot with a loving heart. Services will be held on Tuesday, January 8, at the Outdoor Arbor at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 2:00 p.m. Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 5, 2013
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