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Gene P. Bedgood, Sr.  

Gene P. Bedgood, Sr.

July 8, 1946 – September 8, 2016

Gene P. Bedgood, Sr., age 70, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully at home, while surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Born in San Francisco, CA on July 8, 1946, Gene was a son of Frank Bedgood and Gail (Sorenson) Ardrey. He proudly served his country as a member of the Delaware Air National Guard where he worked as an aircraft mechanic supervisor, retiring in 2004 after a 36 year career. He was a veteran of the Cold War, Vietnam War, Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan.

An exceptional marksman, Gene began competing at the age of 15 when he was named as the champion rifle shooter at Balboa High School and then as state champion during his senior year at San Francisco High School. He would later receive the Distinguished Rifle Shooter Governors Ten Award for a number of years. Gene was the 219th recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Rifle Shooter award. Additionally, he was a longtime member of the Honor Guard Unit of the Delaware Air National Guard.

Gene enjoyed hitting the greens whenever he could. He loved a good game of horseshoes, fishing and trips to the beach. Above all else, Gene was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank and brother, David Mitchem. Gene is survived by his beloved wife, Janice “April” (Caldwell) Bedgood; mother, Gail; children, Cheryl McWhorter (John) of Harpers Ferry, WV, Tony DeNoi (Karen) of Downingtown, PA and Gene P. Bedgood, Jr. (April) of New Castle, DE; sisters, Linda Burton and Diane Ardrey both of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren, Christen Foster (Jimmy), Laura McWhorter, Kelly Gilliford, and Mykenzie Bedgood; and great grandson, Ian Charles Foster.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon, September 14, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation will be held from 10 am until 12:30 pm. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gene’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720.

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  1. Gordon Riggs, September 9, 2016

    Love.and miss you.my friend,your in good hands now and the pain is gone,rest in peace pal….
    Love,Gordon and Donna

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  2. Jerry and Mary Maxwell, September 9, 2016

    We are going to miss you Gene. So many wonderful memories and great times. You were a soldier to the end. You fought the greatest battle of your life and you did it your way. We will never forget the times we shared the happy times and the sad times. You don’t have to fight anymore Gene. You can finally rest knowing you made this world a better place. You touched the lives of so many people. You were loved dearly. Rest dear man.

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  3. Al & Linda Hanna, September 9, 2016

    April & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. He is at peace now and free of pain. May all your memories help get you through this sorrowful time. Al enjoyed working and bowling with him over all those years and Linda always remembers how he was always lucky to win the 50-50 or door prizes no matter where we went. He would hug her and laugh about that all the time. RIP dear friend. You will be greatly missed. With Deepest Sympathy.

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  4. Jason Pridgen, September 10, 2016

    as a neighbor, I’ve literally seen Mr.Bedgood every day, or at least several times a week, for as far back as I can remember. Jogging , walking his dogs , or driving by with Misses Bedgood . I am undoubtedly going to miss seeing his friendly smile , and kind greetings – whether it be a wave while passing by , or a cheerful hello. Mr Bedgood always made sure he acknowledge those he encountered, and in doing so , he not only became a part of your day, but he also became a part of your life. he will truly be missed by all .

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  5. Bruce and Sherry, September 10, 2016

    Gene.,,,,you were always a ray of sunshine and we know you still are in heaven…..miss and love you dear friend……

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  6. Tommy & Vicki Long, September 10, 2016

    April, so very sorry for your loss, but we know Gene is in a wonderful place where there is no more suffering, only happiness! God bless! Love Tommy & Vicki Long

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  7. Ronnie and Carol Shimko, September 10, 2016

    We will miss you Gene. Your pain and suffering is over, rest in peace with the Lord. You will never be forgotten and you know you were loved by your dogs, your family and all of your friends. RIP Gene.

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  8. Dyan Ridall David, September 11, 2016

    Rest in Peace Mr. Gene! Always will remember the DANG days! God is taking care of you now! You are in terrific hands!

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  9. Juan Hocker, September 12, 2016

    I LOVE YOU POPPA BEAR… YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. THE NICEST MAN I’VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE. #RESTEASY

    JUAN HOCKER

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  10. Becky Boyd, September 12, 2016

    April and family,

    I am just at a loss for words. Gene may you rest in peace, you fought hard. I truly enjoyed working with you and April and will miss seeing you. With deepest sympathies.
    Becky

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  11. Caroline Gunter Smith, September 12, 2016

    To April, Cheryl, Tony and GB,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Bedgood, as I called him years ago. Will never forget the memories of traveling with you all during the summertime. He would play jokes on us and I would always laugh. As I remember, he was one of the coolest dads of all time. I’m sorry that we lost touch of one another. Just remember, you know he was a good man and in a good place. My prayers are with you all.

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  12. John & Dottie Lloyd, September 12, 2016

    As past members of the Delaware Air National we have lost one of our family…..we pray for strength for the entire family to get thru this difficult time. Indian won’t be forgotten…..thinking of all of you with love and prayers….

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  13. Bertie Porter, September 13, 2016

    Rest in peace Gene. I’ll always remember you with the kindest thoughts. You had the greatest smiles! You were the always kind and a true gentleman. I feel blessed to have known and worked with you at the ANG. God please give April the strength to continue without Gene; knowing he is without pain and someday they will be together again.

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  14. Allen & Carol Scheel, September 13, 2016

    April,

    So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. We will always remember all the goods times. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  15. Ben Shockley, September 13, 2016

    Dear Sis, I have lost a brother. As you well know I loved Gene as a Brother. I will miss him more than I have ever missed anyone in my life. The world will miss Him. His overpowering personality made him loved by anyone that he came in contact with . Just remember That God needed Gene in Heaven
    to brighten things up .Rest in peace Dear Brother We all love you. Ben

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  16. Sandi Shelnutt Peck, September 14, 2016

    My thoughts are with you all. Prayers are flying for peace and comfort. I am sorry for your loss but grateful that his pain is over. I hope the wonderful memories carry you through the most difficult days. I have many memories of time spent with Gene and my Dad at concerts, guard functions and get togethers. My Dad has told many stories over the years about their adventures traveling with the Guards, and their friendship. All of the stories and memories were filled with laughter and I am glad they were such great friends over the years. He will be missed by all who knew him. I let the crew in Nashville know of his passing and they send their love and gratitude for having known him. April, please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do to support you through the days ahead. Love – Sandi

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