Gene McCardle, 78, was called home to be with the Lord on August 11, 2014. He is preceded in death by Nell McCardle and parents Audree and Mac McCardle. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Kay McCardle; kids Marsha (Ronnie) Phillips, Debbie (Lewis) Horn, Lezlie (Dave) Zeiger, Kyle (Cathy) McCardle, Keith Henson, Trish McCardle (Mark Fleming) Christy, Catrina and Kenneth Daniel Thames, 18 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many life long friends. Gene graduated from Ysleta High School in 1953, working at the Electric and Gas companies in El Paso. As a young man he was a successful weight lifting champion, holding one world record as well as winning seven city titles and two national titles. His passion was working with El Paso's youth in weight training and nutrition. Later in life he became a master at golf and a skilled poker player. To his friends he was known as "The Desert Rat", a true pioneer in land development and business, who loved the desert southwest. He touched people in many different ways throughout his life with his knowledge of nutrition and willingness to lend a helping hand. He served the Lord most of his life and always gave glory to God. He left a strong root in the ground and a branch that will continue to flourish and produce fruit. We will miss him. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at San Jose Funeral Home-East. Graveside service and interment will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Evergreen East Cemetery. Funeral service arranged by San Jose Funeral Home-East 10950 Pellicano Dr., (79935) (915) 590-8700.