Gene Stark was born to Keta (Mascher) Stark and Floyd Dean Stark. He attended Indian Arrow School in the Huntley area and Billings Senior High School.
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After high school, Gene became a carpenter. Over the next several decades, Gene built countless homes and created several businesses in the Billings area. Later in his life, he even dowsed wells, finding underground sources of water where others could not.
Throughout his life, Gene created art, including oil paintings, bronze and porcelain sculptures, and watercolors. At his art gallery in Lockwood, folks could view over 1,000 works of art, including “Custer’s Last Battle”, a bronze sculpture measuring over 200 square feet. He poured his bronzes in his own foundry, where the working temperature reached 2,300 degrees.
Gene married and divorced several times. In 1960, he married Bonnie (Robinson) Stark, and they had two children, Ralena (Stark) Raymond, of Estacada, Oregon, and Justin Wade Stark, of Portland, Oregon. Along with his children, survivors include a brother, John Stark, a sister, Betty (Stark) Snyder, both of Billings, several nieces and nephews, and two grandchildren.
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