Ellis Eugene “Gene Ferguson

Ferguson PicSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Ellis Eugene “Gene” Ferguson, 66, of California, formerly of Centralia, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his home South San Francisco, California.

He was born on May 3, 1948 in Centralia,the son of Oliver S. and Laura (Hall) Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson is survived by Brother- Tim Ferguson of Centralia; nephew Dr. Keith Ferguson of Madison, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother Jennie Ferguson; sister-in-law Kathy (Sherman)Ferguson.

Gene graduated from Centralia High School in 1966 having earned eight varsity letters in the sports of baseball, football and basketball.

He then went to SIU-Carbondale on a full baseball scholarship, graduating in1970 with a degree in recreational therapy after spending his sophomore year at Kaskaskia College.

He worked for the State of Illinois at the Murray Center Annex at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for a year before transferring to the Elizabeth Ludeman Developmental Center at Park Forest, Illinois in 1971. He then moved to the San Francisco area in 1979, retiring in 2012 from working for the State of California in health care in San Mateo County as a therapist.

He was an avid athlete his entire life, loving sports and being able to participate in sports year round in California. He set several records while playing Orphan baseball at CHS, and was an avid Orphan fan returning to Centralia to attend the Centralia Holiday tournament on a yearly basis. He was deeply touched at this year’s holiday tournament when he was honored prior to the championship game with each of the Orphan’s starting five taking time to shake his hand and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Funeral service will be held at 11  am Friday, February 6, 2015 at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park with Rev. Elaine Bush officiating.

Friends may call on Friday morning from 9 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to Centralia High School Alumni Association, Centralia Sports Hall Of Fame or American Cancer Society, and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements.

Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.