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Gene Bickerstaff

April 23, 1927 — October 18, 2020

Gene Bickerstaff

Gene Bickerstaff, 93, of West Cherry Lane Carlsbad, New Mexico passed away at Goodlife Retirement Community Sunday, October 18, 2020. Gene was born on April 23, 1927, in Alamogordo, New Mexico to Eb and Blanche Bickerstaff.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 AM Friday, September 10, 2021, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stephanie Harmon officiating. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gene graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1945, and then joined the US Navy. After his service, he moved back and married Connie in August 1947 and they started their family of three children. Gene then started working at the Borax Mine as a brakeman. The exact train he worked on is still on display at Lake Carlsbad Beach Park. In the 1960s, Gene went to work as a medical assistant at Dr. Miners office. In the 80s he went to work at CARC Farm in maintenance, where he later retired. Then in 2007, Connie passed away right before their 60th wedding anniversary. Gene and Connie loved to travel and were apart of Cavemen Sams, taking their RV all over the United States. One special trip the grandchildren remember is when they took them all the way to Washington D.C. in their RV. They also enjoyed going up to the Sacramento Mountains to their cabin. Gene was a former member of the Elks and First United Methodist Church. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Connie Bickerstaff; and three brothers: E.E. Bickerstaff, Jr., Curly Bickerstaff, and Henry Bickerstaff.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Cheri Williams and Ricky Caughron of Cloudcroft, NM; daughter, Lynda Bickerstaff of Carlsbad, NM; son, Andy Bickerstaff of Ruidoso, NM; seven grandchildren: Jody Williams, Scotty Williams, Jill Sowers, Molly Sowers, Kristopher Bickerstaff, Tyler Kimball, and Gage Bickerstaff; twelve great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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