Gene T. Triplett, 84, Lewiston

     Gene died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. He was born Oct. 9, 1926, to Leslie and Marie Triplett at home in Southwick.
     The family lived in Southwick until his junior year. They then moved to Pierce, where he graduated from high school in 1944.
     Gene joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, serving two years on a naval destroyer during World War II.
He married, but divorced in 1972. He then re-married in 1973.
     Gene worked in the woods and on log drives for Potlatch Forests Inc., living in logging camps until 1959, when he moved to Lewiston. He then went to work for Pacific Western Transportation and later started his own trucking business until retirement.
     He enjoyed spending time with his family, walking his dog, gardening, camping, visiting with friends, donating blood and was proud to be a World War II veteran.
     Survivors include his wife at their Lewiston home; three daughters and sons-in-law, of Lewiston, Pierce, and Bremerton, Wash.; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law of Washougal, Wash.; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law of Lewiston; his dog Sadie; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
     Gene was preceded in death by his parents; son Jim Triplett; grandson Travis Besst; stepdaughter Lorinda Pierce; and two brothers, Gail and Charles Triplett.
     A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the House of Faith, 2502 16th Ave., Lewiston.

The Lewiston Tribune, September 15, 2011, p. 5C
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock

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