Conley E. "Gene" Kincheloe Jr., 59, died at Providence St. Mary Medical Center from a long illness. The memorial funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home Chapel, with Father Patrick Kerst officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Walla Walla Catholic Children and Family Services, Homeless Children or Smile Train through the funeral home, 315 W Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Gene was born Aug. 16, 1951, in Oakland, Calif., to Conley "Gene" and Mary Nealon Kincheloe. He was the oldest grandchild on both sides of his family. He attended school in the San Francisco Bay area,
graduating from Mt. Diablo High School, Concord, Calif., in 1969.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and received an honorable discharge in 1975. Until ill health forced him to retire, he worked as a waiter and bartender in restaurants around the San Francisco Bay area.
In 1995 he moved to Walla Walla to be near family. Gene loved his family especially his nieces and nephews. Gene never met a stranger, everyone was his friend. He was loved by his family and will be missed.
He was an avid San Francisco Forty-Niners and San Francisco Giants fan. He was proud of his Irish heritage. St. Patrick's Day was one of his favorite holidays.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Kincheloe, College Place; two sisters, Mary Walker (Carl) of Prescott and Theresa Kincheloe (Arthur); five brothers, Thom Kincheloe (Rick) of Portland, Michael (Louise) Kincheloe of Ft. Worth, Texas, Patrick Kincheloe of Walla
Walla, Daniel Kincheloe of Martinez, Calif., and Kevin Kincheloe of Bellevue, Wash.; 11 nieces and nephews; 16 grandnieces and grandnephews; and dear friends, Ashley and Katina Lees. He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Sr.; brother, Dennis Kincheloe;
niece, Michelle Walker; sister-in-law, Alana Kincheloe; grandparents, Thomas and Tessie Nealon and Conley and Mildred Kincheloe; aunts and uncles, Theresa Moore, Robert Kincheloe, Ellen and Ed Turner, Marilyn and Allan Klein; and cousins, Ed Moore and Ron Klein.