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Gene A. Watts, Sr., age 82, of Riverside, California, passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2017. He suffered from Parkinson's Disease and Dementia. He had lived in Riverside for the past 41 years. He retired from the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital where he worked as an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician.
Gene was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 10, 1935 moved to California with his mom before kindergarten and grew up in Northern California. He joined the United States Navy in 1954 to avoid being drafted. Gene served four years in the Personnel Department, attaining his last rank as Personnel Man - Petty Officer Second Class. He met his future wife, Judith Ellen DeYoung, at the Riverside Roller Skating Rink Downtown, where both had a passion for roller skating. They were married July 7, 1962 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church. She was the love of his life and they were married for 42 years before she succumbed to Multiple Myeloma in 2005. Gene was a loving father, and a devoted grandfather. He spent his life loving and serving the Lord. Gene enjoyed spending time with family, camping, traveling, going to the movie theater, tennis, and watching old John Wayne movies.
Gene is survived by his three children, Michelle Kordys of Riverside, Gene Arron Watts, Jr. of La Vista, Nebraska, and Douglas Watts of Riverside; and grandchildren, Desmond Thornton of Colorado, Gene Arron Watts III, Emily Kordys, and Victoria Watts of Riverside, Elisha Watts, Taylor Watts, Madison Watts, and Austin Watts of La Vista, Nebraska; and great-granddaughter Remy Thornton of Colorado.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11am at Pathway Christian Church located on 6755 Victoria Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506. Private burial will be at Riverside National Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's/Dementia Association in Ontario, CA.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 5, 2017
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