Boyd Eugene Adkison “Gene” passed away Sunday, April 23, 2023, at his home in Libby, Montana. He was born on August 21, 1938, in Cowan, West Virginia to Boyd and Bonis Adkison.
Gene graduated from high school in Cowan, in 1947. After graduating, he moved to Eureka, Montana, to work alongside his dad as a logger. In 1959, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Cuban Missile Crisis aboard the USS Steinaker DD-863. He earned several medals before being honorably discharged in 1963.
Upon returning to Montana, Gene went to work for the St. Regis Paper Co. until his retirement in 2002. After retirement, he worked for the VFW as a custodian. He then spent many years as a volunteer for the Stand Downs and distributing Senior Commodities. Gene married Kathy Jackson on March 12, 2011, in Libby, Montana.
An avid lifelong hunter, and fisherman, Gene found special joy in hunting camp trips with his family and his dog. Lifelong memories include the hilarious “Crow Creek Chili” incident!!! As Kathy put it, he was also a “gardener extraordinaire” who loved sharing his bounty with friends and family. Gene enjoyed being a member of the Libby Christian Church, and the last outing he had was attending a service with Kathy.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sister Patricia Stewart; and brother Gary.
Gene is survived by his wife Kathy; stepchildren Cary Taylor, Benjamin Jackson, Jacob Jackson, and Timothy Jackson; two brothers Don Adkison (Sharon) of West Virgina, and Robert Adkison (Shirley) of Libby, Montana; nephews Vic White (Dixie), Paul White (Paulina), and Boyd White (Shala) all of Libby, Montana; nieces Barbara Crismore (Jr.) of Libby, Montana, and Judy Cutts of Post Falls, Idaho; and numerous other family members.
Services will be Saturday, June 3, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at the Libby Christian Church, with a reception to follow. Services are under the care of the Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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