Fields, Eugene Harley "Gene," 77, May 1, 1945 - July 20, 2022 Gene died with Patsy, his wife of over 48 years, holding his hand in the early morning hours of July 20th, completing a journey of 77 years. After graduating from Lakewood High School, Gene served his country in the Marine Corps. He was a member of the reserve ANGLICO units along the west coast. Gene traveled the world while volunteering for duty in the Marines and was deployed to Vietnam for a brief period of "training". His trademark look later in life was a USMC hat with his Gold Jump wings adorning it while wearing shorts and an aloha shirt. Gene worked for McDonnell Douglas in the late 60's and early 70's as he furthered his education. It was during this time he met Patsy, and he developed his love for professional photography. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 1977 with his Bachelor's degree in Vocational Education and in 1987 with his Master's degree in Photography & Marketing. He would fine-tune his craft, eventually opening a studio in 1976 and earned accolades from critics and his peers. His greatest joys were his children. Although he was not the greatest fan of baseball, he never turned down an ask to play catch or drive his children to the various practices, lessons, or clubs that they were a part of. As an Adult Leader in the Boy Scouts, Gene enjoyed taking his family on camping trips, long road trips and Airshows. He always had his favorite Nikon F-Series camera in his bag to capture these family memories. After retiring in 2009, one of his projects became going through boxes and boxes of family photographs he had taken over the past 40 years. He captured family birthdays and holidays, football games, band competitions, graduations, and his children's weddings. Gene was kind and thoughtful when no one expected. He loved to surprise people. Christmas would become a day of his homemade fudge and Patsy's chocolate chip cookies. His chocolate mousse pie and shrimp scampi quickly became a family favorite. He would try new things in the kitchen to see if they worked, but always had a few standbys of steak or a pot of spaghetti sauce. In the end, a life full of fight, love, struggle, and laughter caught up to him. He contracted COVID in late January of 2021 and never fully recovered. Gene will return to the Sea where he will join his father, mother, and beloved daughter Erin. He was the father of six: Jon (Cindy), Steven (Karen), Erin Janet (D. 1979), Patrick (Marcia), Robert (Kristy), and Linda (Preston). He was a grandfather to Erin Ashley, Nathan, Anthony, Madison, Seamus, Carlee, and Paisley. Respected by all those who knew him, a friend to some, a warrior to those he shared the title Marine, and loved by his family. He will be missed. A remembrance gathering will be held at Captain Jack's Restaurant in Sunset Beach on Monday, September 12th at 6 PM. Please RSVP with the family if you plan to attend.

 

GARY KUHN OBITUARY

Kuhn, Gary 1947 - 2021, a longtime resident of Huntington Beach CA, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2021, as a result of post-surgical complications. Gary courageously struggled for months to recover, but was unable to do so, despite receiving expert medical care. Gary was born in Akron Ohio to George and Virginia (Blough) Kuhn on March 21, 1947. The family of five including an older sister, Georgiana and the youngest child Gwen, resided in Wooster Ohio until 1956 when they moved to Westminster, CA. After graduating from Westminster High School, Gary served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany from 1971 to 1973. During his military service he was awarded the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and qualified as Marksman M-14. After his tour of duty, Gary attended California State University Fullerton (CSUF), obtaining a BA in Political Science in 1973 and his MPA in 1976. Gary worked for over 40 years in the Security/Fire Alarm industry in sales, project management, operations, design and consultation for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and numerous jurisdictions. He contracted with educational institutions, medical/health facilities, law enforcement agencies, and the transportation industry. Within CA he managed over 30 projects including Federal prisons, justice centers, City of Beverly Hills and CSUF. The media often reached out to Gary because of his extensive experience, knowledge and expertise related to fire protection and security systems. In 2012 Gary established his own business, Seacliff Security Consulting LLC and remained as President and CEO until his death. Gary was a gentle, kind man who worked hard, loved his family and enjoyed time with friends. In his younger years, he was active in sports including skiing, football and racquetball. Golf however was his lifelong passion. He filled his leisure time with walks on the beach, watching TV sporting events, in particular Ohio State football games and classic films. Playing poker with his guy friends was a regular social event that lasted decades. Gary loved his condominium in the beach community of Pacific Ranch. He was an active HOA committee member for more than 10 years, chaired the parking committee and devoted endless volunteer hours to make the community better. Gary is survived by Georgiana Rivera of Folsom CA and Gwen Edelstein & husband Mike of Gold River CA. The family gratefully acknowledges the staff members and hospice team of Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center for their compassion and expert care. Special acknowledgment is extended to the loving individuals of Brightwatch Caregivers and St. Joseph Home's Fountain Valley for their exceptional comfort care and dedicated patient services. A Celebration of Life will take place on September 10th in Huntington Beach CA. For details, please contact Georgiana Rivera by August 26th at 916-765-3779. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gary's name to Orange County Rescue Mission.



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