Gene Allen Shamblen was called home to be with the Lord on March 5th at CAMC Memorial after a courageous battle against HLH (HemophagocyticLymphohistiocytosis) and cancer. Gene was 57 years old from Kenna, WV. He was born on September 24, 1955 to Herman and Freda Shamblen.
Gene is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Jannette, and his beautiful children, son Zachary and daughter Shae; also Janelle Loughry of Morgantown who he thought of often; brother Glen Shamblen and wife Barbara of Red House; nephew Mark Shamblen of Red House, who was like his brother; Nieces Terri Miles of Colorado and Lori Shamblen of Hurricane.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother Richard.
Gene graduated from Poca High School in 1973 and attended WV State. He began a career in the chemical industry at Fike Chemicals in Nitro and then at Union Carbide. At Union Carbide he started as an operator and was quickly promoted to supervisor and start-up supervisor for the new silicon II unit; soon after he was promoted to environmental specialist. During his career with Union Carbide, he reached several achievements and received numerous awards. His greatest accomplishment was the prestigious President's Award. Gene loved his job and took great pride in the work he did.
Most of all, he loved his family, who stood by him through the good and bad. Kruger, the family's German Shepard dog, was his best friend that spent many days with him in the recliner watching CNN.He was always strong for them considering the battles he faced everyday due to his previous condition of Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Although his struggle was difficult during his three months in the hospital, he touched the hearts of those who cared for him with his strength and humor. The family wishes to thank Dr. Covelli for his determination, kindness, and devotion towards Gene and the family. They would like to thank Dr. Stephen Jubilier.Special thanks to the nurses of 4 North, especially Max, who provided excellent care and compassion.
A memorial service for Gene was held Sunday, March 10 at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Rev. Ravi Isiah officiated.
In keeping with his wishes, Gene was cremated.
His family received friends for one hour prior to the service.