Gene Brisbois - Service time corrected

11 a.m. Memorial Service Oct. 6 at Barnes Chapel in Brewster

Service time corrected

Gene Brisbois, 93 passed away on Sept. 19 in Brewster, Wash. Gene was born on August 24, 1924 in Toppenish, Wash.  to Nazaire and Bertha Brisbois. His family moved to reside on the Spokane Indian Reservation near Miles, Wash. Gene attended and graduated from Columbia High School in Hunters, Wash.  in 1942. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a tailgunner on missions over the Atlantic Ocean. His battalion was in charge of protecting planes that were searching for enemy submarines. 

He married Harlene Markham in 1945 after he finished his military service and they then moved to Brewster. There they made their home and raised their two daughters. Gene was active in the American Legion, running weekly Bingo for many years. He worked at Godbey Redi-Mix until 1984. During their retirement, Gene and Harlene took trips to Mexico, Branson, Missouri; New Mexico, California and Arizona as well as many trips to visit their daughters and grandchildren. 

Gene was preceded in death by his two sisters, Winnie Ferrier and Mary Jane Morrow, two brothers Dan Brisbois and Joe Brisbois and his grandson Todd Smith. 

He is survived by his wife of 72 years Harlene, his daughters Pam Brisbois (Sam Moore), Liz Brisbois (Jeff Barker), brothers Al Brisbois and Clifford Brisbois; three grandchildren Tyann James (Andy), Travis Smith and Emily Barker; four great- grandchildren; Brad Reed, Indy James, Tyler Smith and Zander Smith. 

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2017 at the Barnes Chapel in Brewster, followed by a gathering at 1:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall also in Brewster.

Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at 

Arrangements are by Precht Rose Chapel.

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