Eugene Walter Ramage, famous among his family and close friends for his cake-baking, bread-making, plumbing, electrical, and woodworking skills, said goodbye for now on October 8, 2016. Eugene, known by Gene, was born in Missoula, Montana, October 5, 1933. He excelled at setting goals, and pursued higher education after serving in the United States Army. Working at Liberty Bowling Alley gave him the flexibility to study and attend his classes at Montana State University, in Missoula. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, prior to earning a Master of Arts in Teaching. Gene married Carol Mardene Baker, September 18, 1957. Gene and his young family moved to Glide, Oregon, where he taught science at Glide High School, from 1962-1963. In 1963, his family relocated to Barview, Oregon. That fall, Gene began teaching science courses at Marshfield High School, located in Coos Bay. He particularly enjoyed teaching chemistry and physics. Because he knew the coursework was challenging, Gene was always ready to offer his students additional instruction at the end of the school day. Gene retired from full-time teaching in 1992. In 1965, Gene was able to assist in building a home for his family in North Bend. Gene and Carol worked together to teach their children the importance of priorities, education, service, and work. They spent a few weeks "travel camping" each summer, visiting family in Idaho, Montana, and beyond. They also shared an affinity for historical markers and national parks, and taught many lessons to their children about nature while recreating. Gene made many trips to the Eugene area and northern Washington to support his children and grandchildren in their pursuit of athletics, music, and theatre. He attended birthday celebrations, baptisms, weddings, and high-school and college graduations. Gene baked cakes for many of those occasions. He shared countless holidays with his family and even made the stuffing for the turkey, using his home-baked bread. Gene adored literature, poetry, and music. He enjoyed traveling, baking, solving crossword puzzles, playing chess, stamp and coin collecting, and watching Blazer basketball and Duck football. He spent his life pursuing and sharing knowledge, but nothing ever mattered more to him than the security and happiness of his children. Gene was preceded in death by a son, Blair Ramage and a sister, Ruth Hobbs. Gene is survived by a sister, Pearl Martin and brother, Harry Shunk; former spouse, Carol Ramage; daughters, Korianne Emerson, Meryni Hall, and Melanie Collura and son, Niles Ramage; son-in-law, Barry Hall; twelve grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 525 66th Street, Springfield, Oregon, Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Signature Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Springfield Memorial Funeral Home. Please access the obituary at musgroves.com, and share a thought about Gene in the guest book.
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