Gene Lobdell: 1923 ~ 2017


Marvin Gene Lobdell died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Quail Park Enhanced Assisted Living in Visalia. He was 94.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m.,  at Quail Park, 4520 W. Cypress, Visalia. A private burial will be held at Woodlake Cemetery beside his wife, Helen. 
On April 16, 1923, Gene was born at home in Blanchard, Okla., to Cecil W. and Wilma McCary Lobdell. Gene grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City in 1942. 
Gene was in the first group of 19-year-olds drafted for World War II. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Air Corps in England from 1943 to 1946. 
Upon returning home, Gene married his high school sweetheart, Helen Merington. They settled in Los Angeles and, in 1951, Gene graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in pharmacy. 
In 1963, Gene moved his family to Visalia. He owned and operated Three Rivers Drug for many years while also working at other pharmacies throughout the Central Valley. 
His career as a pharmacist spanned 60 years. He finally retired when he was 85 years old.
Gene was a member of the Three Rivers Lions Club, VFW-Post 3939,  and the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. He attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Visalia and went on many medical mission trips with the church serving as the pharmacist.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; daughter Janette Christy Lobdell; and brothers Kent Lobdell and Buddy Lobdell. 
He is survived by his daughters Becky Parker and husband Tim of Bremerton, Wash., and Janeen Lorenzi and husband Edward of Visalia; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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