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Paul Eugene "Gene" Lake departed this world to be with his blessed Lord and Savior Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018). Gene was born in Fairmont on Oct. 18, 1934, the eldest son of the late Beryl B. and Martha E. (West) Lake.
Gene is a 1953 graduate of East Fairmont High School. After graduating he enlisted with the USAF where he retired with the rank of SMSgt.
During this time he served two tours in Vietnam. While in the Air Force, he received the Bronze Star. He then worked and retired from the U.S. Air Force Museum after 21 years of service with the rank of GM14. He was a member of First Baptist Church on Lower Valley where he served as deacon. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge. Gene loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed the huge Koi pond he made in his backyard and working on old cars. He was very talented and could fix anything. Gene will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Tomi Lake; daughter, Linda Lake, New Carlisle, Ohio; granddaughter, Kayla McClellan, Centerville, Ohio; four brothers, Jack C. Lake, Thomas A. (Donna) Lake, Robert L. (Kay) Lake, James E. (Barbara) Lake and one sister, Nancy N. Valentine all of Fairmont; sister-in-law, Nancy J. Lake, Norco, California; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Gene is preceded in death by one brother, John G. Lake; brother-in-law, James T. Valentine; and nephews, David W. and Bradley T. Lake.
Family and friends may visit from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home, 507 W. Jefferson St., New Carlisle, Ohio. Funeral service will be at noon Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastor Dale Slumbo officiating. Interment will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be made to www.trostelchapman.com.
Published on January 28, 2018
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