Gene David Wheelbarger, 29, a loving and caring husband, daddy, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, died June 21, 2011. His memorial service was held Saturday at Edgepark United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gene was born July 26, 1981, in Loma Linda, Calif. He graduated from James Bowie High School in 1998, at the age of 16. He earned his Computer Science Engineering degree from UTA in 2003. He was a hard worker and put himself through college working at All Systems Inc. doing network installation. He worked at PSC Motorsports where he was the “Company Computer Guy.” He also worked at XTO Energy in Downtown Fort Worth on and off for several years.
He enjoyed hobbies and had many of them. He loved cars, he was so proud of his 1968 Ford truck. He had so many plans for his 1969 Mustang he wanted to restore to original and his Bronco, he was trying to save his money to turn into a rock crawler.
He also enjoyed homebrewing and was a member of two local clubs, the Knights of the Brown Bottle and the Cap & Hare. He was proud of all the friends he made through the homebrew community. He enjoyed going to the Bluebonnet Brewoff every year. During those events this shy, quiet man became quite the social butterfly.
He was a homebody, however, he loved the outdoors. He became an active geocacher and had recently rediscovered fishing. He liked camping, traveling and yearned for country living.
Gene was a wonderful husband to his wife and best friend, Jennifer. He was a very proud daddy to Samantha and Henry and was thrilled to find out he was expecting another one early next year. Gene had many friends. He would do anything to provide for his family or to help out a friend. He was a genuine, simple and kind man. He loved his family and admired his father.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer; step-daughter, Samantha Rose; son, Henry; mother, Kelly Williams and fiance, Richard Wright; father, Wayne Wheelbarger and wife, Kim; stepfather, James Williams and wife, Donna; stepmother, Teri Wheelbarger; siblings, Jennifer Dodge and husband, Michael, Jimmy Williams, and Marilyn Williams; stepbrothers, Joe Merino, Brandon Marvel and wife, Krystal, A.J. Marvel and wife, Nikki; stepsister, Trista Page and husband, Jonathan; many extended family members.
Donations for the education of his children may be made to the Gene Wheelbarger Memorial Fund at any Chase Bank or online at firstname.lastname@example.org .