Gene was born in Harvard Nebraska in 1917, to Ada and Cleo Golding.
In 1933 he graduated from Hasting Nebraska High School.
In 1938 following the Dust Bowl era he moved from Nebraska gaining farm work in Central California.
In 1940 he moved to Southern California finding employment in the emerging aircraft Industry.
He worked in this industry until he started his own Machine Shop in 1950.
He ran Golding Machine for 25 years as a team with his wife Dorothy Blanche Golding who did the books, while he ran the shop.
He was Married to Dorothy for 48 years until she died in 1994.
Gene was a talented machinist and had the ability to fix nearly anything and enjoyed the autonomy of running his own business.
However his first love was camping when and where possible with his family.
He is survived by two children, John F Golding(Celine), Margaret M Hardin(John), Deer Meadows WA; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
In 1976 Gene and Dorothy retired and moved to Fernwood Idaho.
There on a small farm Gene cultivated a large garden and raised hundreds of chickens and many other domestic animals.
This is where he pursued his passion of fishing on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Many fond memories held by family and friends were made in this pristine setting in Northern Idaho.
After Dorothy’s death he moved to Washington and lived with his son John Golding in Spokane and then later in Deer Meadows WA.
Gene was a humble, eminently honest and thoughtful man who held no prejudice toward others.
He mentored his children and grandchildren by how he handled himself during his life.
Dad as we refer to Gene, battled cancer for nearly 20 years with the same grace and dignity, without complaint dying peacefully, where he wanted, with family and at home.
He is now rejoined with his beloved Dorothy and family that preceded him in death.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Egypt, WA., on Saturday February 15, at 1:00 PM.
A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate Gene’s 96 years of life.
Family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in Gene Golding’s memory, be sent to Hunters Family Food Bank, PO Box 24, Hunters, WA., 99137.
Strate Funeral Home is caring for the family.
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