E. Gene Sailors

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Gene Sailors, 86, Fargo, ND died Saturday October 15, 2016 at Villa Maria, Fargo. Gene was born on January 7, 1930 in Falls City, Nebraska, to Estel and Pearl Sailors. He attended Peru State College and the University of Nebraska. He served his country with the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean conflict, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. On December 28, 1952 Gene wed Charlotte Elaine Pryor in Peru, Nebraska. Due to his work, the couple made their home in many different cities. He was employed by Cominco American, Inc. in various cities for 25 years, retiring in Spokane, WA in 1990. The couple has resided in Fargo for the past 15 years. Gene was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Fargo. He loved all his family and friends and in his earlier years enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was an avid reader, Nebraska football fan and loved classical and jazz music. Gene is survived by his wife Charlotte, children, Suzie Sailors; Scott (Tina) Sailors and Celia (Bruce) Reisenauer;  grandson, Colton Reisenauer, granddaughter, Shawna Sailors and great-grandson, Kenneth Wade; brother, Dennis (Elsie) Sailors, Lincoln NE; sister, Peggy (Marshall) Whittemore, Lincoln, NE; sister-in-law, Marilyn Sailors, LaVista, NE; and many nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry; sister, Marna and her husband, Ed Bahr. Our family would like to thank Pastors Paul Lang and Mary Jo Holtey, Hospice of the Red River Valley, Villa Maria Nursing Home and staff, and Sanford In Home Health Care staff. The memorial service will be 2:00 pm Thursday October 20, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, Fargo with visitation one hour before the service.

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  1. Having had the opportunity to work with Gene for a number of years at Cominco American I can say that he was one great guy! He was always calm and easy going and treated his customers and co-workers with a very high level of respect.

    In short he was just a fun guy to be around.

    He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

  2. Thoughts & prayers to you Charolette & family. Gene was my mentor coming out of college into the work world with Cominco. How fortunate & blessed I am for his guidance & friendship. Many many fun memories of the Sailors gracious hospitality in their home I have & will always treasure.

  3. I met Gene in 1976 when I started my career with Cominco American . What a great guy and big influence on a lot of us young guys coming into the business at that time.

    I have a lot of great memories of Gene and the good times we shared.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  4. Charlotte and family,
    I am sorry to read of Gene’s passing. He was my Dad’s (Gordon McDougall) all-time favorite roommate at Eventide way back when! Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Hi Charlotte, I was your stand partner in the FM Symphony back when I was at Concordia College. I always remember your husband sitting up top listening to rehearsals when we practiced. Mary King was so jealous of how much your husband adored you! My sympathies to you and also thanks for being such a wonderful person in my life.

  6. We were sorry to hear that Gene passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It was a pleasure working with him as part of the Agrium management team.

  7. Charlotte and family – Sorry to hear the Sad news. Gene was a great guy, mentor and friend. I appreciated his counsel on our drive into work. Gene always had a cold beer waiting whenever I came over. You are in our thoughts.

  8. I met Gene in 1978 when I came to work for Cominco American. He was a good friend and we had many fun times together. He was pleasant to work with and I enjoyed and appreciated our friendship over the many years. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family and all his close friends.

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