Eugene Charles (Gene) Birdsall
An Incredible Life
On Sunday, August 18, 2019, Eugene Birdsall, a loving husband, and father of 6 children, passed away at the age of 89. Eugene Birdsall was born to Hemon and Erica Birdsall in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 20, 1929¬. His mother contracted tuberculosis, so Gene spent his first six years at Glen Lake Sanatorium for Tuberculosis. He often said this had a huge impact on his life, and taught him to treasure family.
He was a strong willed teenager who rode a Norton motorcycle. Veteran of the Korean conflict, he joined the Army at 17 (maybe the motorcycle had something to do with it), and rose to the rank of Sargent as a Munitions Expert in the Army Corps of Engineers. He received a private pilot’s license, a commercial pilot’s license, and joked he was a “paper boy” for three years because he flew the newspapers to and from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
Never one to sit still for long, Gene accomplished much in life. He was a radio operator, trucker, building contractor, electrical contractor, 32nd Degree Mason, and Shriner. A cowboy at heart, he was a champion calf r¬oper, worked on a ranch, and was a wrangler for the movie studio where he met his friends John Wayne and Glen Campbell.
He has lived California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
He is survived by his wife, 2 sisters, 5 of his 6 children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His giving spirit, incredible laugh, and great stories will be missed by all who knew him.