Arnold Eugene "Gene" Oliver, 74, of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his home in Alabama. Gene was born to Opal and Reefer Oliver in 1945. Proud of his hometown, he lived there his entire life. Gene was Sergeant for The United States Army, Inducted 1967 - SCD in 1979 earning medals in National Defense Service, Vietnam Campaign and Vietnam Service along with the Combat Infantryman badge. Gene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 and Master of Administrative Science in 1980 from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Continued his education with a diploma in Management of Defense Acquisition Contracts in 1981 from The United States Army Logistics Management Center in Fort Lee, VA. Always continuing his education with many more achievements; even honored as an Executive Chef. Gene was dedicated to his career as a Contract Specialist for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal for 20 years; retiring in 2003. Gene enjoyed life to the fullest, becoming a pro bass fisherman and a diehard Bama fan. ROLL TIDE! He was involved in many charities including Wounded Warriors, Cancer Society and local shelters. Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann and third wife, Francine Coulombe of St. Louis, MO. Gene is survived by step-daughters, Christine Lockwood and Karen Rose of St. Louis, MO as well as Tammie Black, husband Brian Black and fourth wife, Bobbie Gunter of Athens, AL as well as second wife Dung Lightsinger of Williamsburg, VA along with her children Billy and Johnny, whom he loved all so dearly. Military graveside service and burial will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 2:30 pm with Pastor, Adam Brewer of Central Church of Christ officiating. The family appreciates their privacy during this trying time. They would also like to extend their gratitude to Hospice of North Alabama and Home Instead Senior Care for the exceptional care that they provided in his final days.Gene had accomplished a tremendous amount in life and could have done so much more. His time was too short.
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