June 30, 1918 - May 7, 2012
Gene Robles, formerly of Sunriver and Bend, OR, passed away at West Hills Hospital, West Hills, CA due to complications from a broken hip and the resulting surgery. He was nearly 94.
Gene was born to Alice (LeGlatin) and Adolph Robles in King City, CA. The second of four brothers, he was an excellent student, star athlete and never missed a day of school. He went to San Jose State University majoring in aeronautical engineering. World War II interrupted his education when he went to Burbank, CA., entered the Army Air Corps in 1942.
He married Jacquelyn Jean Jepsen on January 25, 1942, in Las Vegas, NV. After World War II they raised three sons, Gene Barrey, Cary Craig and John Bruce, in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of Los Angeles while Gene worked in the Motion Picture Industry for Columbia Pictures as a Construction Coordinator. He worked on many award winning films. He also worked on various TV series, receiving an Emmy Award for "Police Story". In 1965, he came to Central Oregon for construction of the sets for the film "The West Way". He fell in love with the old Camp Abbot area which was to become Sunriver. He and his wife Jacquelyn moved to Sunriver in 1979. From Sunriver he traveled to continue working on movies and became a Distributor for Cedar Homes Inc.
When his wife "Jackie" passed away in 1990, he was deeply saddened. He moved to Bend, in 1992 and then to the Motion Picture Retirement Home in Calabasas, CA in 2009. During his retirement, Gene enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren in their many College and High School softball, baseball and volleyball games. He was an enthusiastic fisherman, avid reader and a supporter of Patriotic causes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his two sisters and two brothers. He is survived by a brother, Robert of Phoenix, AZ ; his sons, Barrey (Susan) of Westlake, CA., Cary (Georgia); Bruce of Poulsbo, WA and four granchildren and five great grandchildren. To honor his life, a service will be held at Westside Church, 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd., Bend, on June 8 at 11:00 AM with a reception following and interment at 2pm at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, Bend.