Gene Trey Baraldi(1924 - 2014)

Gene Trey Baraldi

West Des Moines

Gene Trey Baraldi died June 4, 2014. He was born on January 17, 1924 in Los Angeles, California to Michael and Lyda (Griggs) Baraldi. He graduated from Inglewood, California High School in 1941 and then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gene enlisted in the Navy in 1942, serving at the Naval Operations Base at Terminal Island, California. He was transferred to the anti-aircraft training center as an instructor in anti-aircraft gunnery, and was a gunner's mate. Later, Gene joined the Inglewood City Fire Department and then transferred to the Inglewood City Marshal's Office, and then became a deputy of the Los Angeles County Marshall's office.

Gene married Anne Marie Hatcherd on May 12, 1948, and they lived in Inglewood. After his retirement in California, they moved to Cherokee, Iowa. He worked for Christensen Brothers Cement Company for 5 years; the Christensen's being relatives of his wife. Gene then began working for the Cherokee County Sheriff as a court deputy and later for the 3rd Judicial Court system. He eventually retired from this position.

Anne Marie passed away in 1993. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Michael and Lyda Baraldi; and his sister, Louise.

In 1995, Gene married Wanda Hamann Gustafson and, until 2000, they lived in Cherokee. They moved to West Des Moines in 2012. Gene was a member of the Windsor Heights Lutheran Church in Des Moines.

Gene is survived by his wife Wanda; her children, Susan and Charles Pikrallidas, Mark and Laurie Gustafson, and Gregg and Peg Gustafson; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his nieces, Michelle (Joe) Palme of California and Donna (Tim) Fay and their children; his nephew, Bruce Christensen; and grand-nephews, Scott (Penny) Christensen, and Duane (Linda) Christensen of Cherokee; as well as a host of grand-nieces and nephews and friends.

Services will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Edgewater Retirement Community, 9225 Cascade Ave., West Des Moines, IA. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, IA on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Funeral Home

Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 224-0078

Published in Des Moines Register on June 6, 2014