Bobby E. 'Gene' McBride
Alaska pioneer and longtime Homer resident Bobby E. “Gene” McBride died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, surrounded by his family at his home on East End Road. He was 80.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Homer Independent Baptist Church. Pastor Glen Harbaugh will officiate. A celebration of his life is planned at a later date where he and his wife’s ashes will be scattered on their homestead.
Mr. McBride was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Holdenville, Okla. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He moved to Alaska and homesteaded outside of Homer in 1955. He also lived in Anchorage in the 1960s before returning full time to Homer. He worked all over Alaska for the Teamster’s Union. He was a self-employed well driller and also owned a sand and gravel company and a logging company.
Mr. McBride was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Mary Ann McBride.
He is survived by his sons, Chris McBride of Wheatland, Calif. and Paul McBride of Homer; daughters, Marlea Steelman of Denton, Texas and Abigail Brown of Berkeley, Calif.; grandchildren, Angela McBride and Sarah McBride of Homer, Jordan and Matthew Steelman of Denton, Sean and Olivia Brown of Berkeley, Robbie McBride and Caden McBride of Wheatland and Jenny McBride of London, England.
Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home and Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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