Gene Harve DeRuelle
Reno - Gene Harve deRuelle passed away on June 24, 2021 of natural causes. He was born in Santa Monica, CA on January 4, 1936, the only child to Carmen and Harve Foster deRuelle, a film director at Paramount and Disney. After high school Gene served at Stead Air Force Base in Reno, NV as a survival trainer. After discharge, he joined his father in the entertainment industry for 35 years to become a First Assistant Director. He worked on the films Oceans 11 and The Alamo, and TV series Eight is Enough, Hawaii 5-0, Falcon Crest, Star Trek and Mission Impossible. Gene married child actress Gigi Perreau in 1970. Gene's father introduced him to flying that along with sports cars he loved until the end. He was an active member of Reno's EAA Chapter 1361 and Reno's British Car Club and a Reno Air Race volunteer. At the time of his death, Gene was rebuilding a vintage 1947 Ercoupe. An expert British car restorer, he won awards for his work on MG's, Morris Minors and Magnettes. A wealth of information, he loved to talk about cars, planes and movies. Gene married second wife Lynette Forbes Webb in 1998 and moved back to Reno after her death in 2000. In 2010, he wrote "It's a Funny Business: Life at the Bottom of the Motion Picture Food Chain", an eBook about his life in the film industry, an interesting and humorous view from behind the camera. Gene is survived by children Danielle Bianco, Keith deRuelle, stepchildren Gina Gallo Paris, Tony Gallo, Kimberleigh Gavin and Loren Webb.
Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader from Jul. 6 to Jul. 8, 2021.