Gene Leonard Mantei
02/05/1947 - 12/11/2020
Obituary for Gene Leonard Mantei
Gene Leonard Mantei was born Feb. 05, 1947 to Oswald and Alma (Erickson) Mantei in
Portland, Oregon. He passed away peacefully at home in his sleep Dec.11,2020 surrounded by
his loving family members. He was the second of five children.
At the age of 12 Gene moved to the family farm in Damascus Oregon where he had
many stories of life on the farm. He attended Damascus Union School, Gresham High School
graduating in 1966, then majoring in Machining at Clackamas Community College where he
received a certificate in 1967 as well as joining the Army National Guard where he was a
Reservist for a number of years. Gene spent his life working in the HVAC trade. At one point
owning and operating his own business Tri County Heating.
Gene married Laurie Meecham and they had two children Dennis Mantei and Jennifer
Endres. Later he met and married Denise Hemenway in 1997 becoming a stepfather to Brandon
and Ryan Hemenway, along with having two more children Teresa Yandell and Matthew
Additionally, Gene loved hunting, fishing, camping, farming, and gardening as well as
music and dancing. He was very steadfast and made sure his family was well cared for. An
example of that was, fixing things whether it was a car, pipe, attitude, or broken heart. Gene will
be greatly missed!
Gene is survived by his second wife Denise; his six children and their spouses along
with eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Donations to American Cancer Society
(www.cancer.org) are welcomed.
29101 SE Eagle Creek Road
Estacada,, OR 97023
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