Eugene M. “Gene” McCord


Eugene M. “Gene” McCord of New Braunfels passed away at home on January 15, 2021, on the 87th anniversary of his birth.  Gene was born to Bennie Michael and Millie Frances (Raska) McCord on January 15, 1934 at home in the Hope Community of Lavaca County southeast of Yoakum, Texas. He was baptized at John the Baptist Catholic Church in Koerth, Texas.

He grew up on the family farm south of Clark’s Creek and early on he became familiar with automobiles and insisted on riding and following his daddy around because “that’s where all the fun was”.  His early education was in a single room schoolhouse where in his middle school years he was the only member of his grade level in the school and occasionally he rode to school on horseback.  He attended Yoakum High School.

After working many different jobs in the southeast Texas area, he purchased his first car, a 1934 Ford Coupe, which he reconditioned and drove until joining the Marine Corps in 1953.  During his military service, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.  He married Marilyn Findeisen, on June 14, 1954 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum and they moved to San Clemente, California.  During 1955, he served his country on various duties in the Korean conflict and in Japan.  He obtained the rank of Corporal, was honorably discharged in 1956, and the couple returned to Yoakum.  Gene obtained accredited training in auto mechanics which provided the foundation for the balance of his work career and life influences.

The family of four moved to Clear Springs, in Guadalupe County, in September 1962.  They were blessed with their third child the following year.  Gene worked as an auto mechanic, had his own business and ultimately was a civil servant supervisor at Randolph Air Force Base, retiring in May 1988 with 23 years of service.  During those years, Gene and Marilyn both worked full time and enjoyed weekends with their children and grandchildren.  Notably camping with the entire family over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends at Canyon Lake.  They were married for 46 years until her passing in 2000.

Gene was avid at diagnosing automobile issues and the solving mechanical problems with all automobiles but was a Ford man and left no doubt about that in conversations.  He rebuilt and provided first cars for all his children and some of his nephews in the 1970’s.  He had many nephews and at any extended family gathering it was not uncommon to see him surrounded by several of them with the topic always about cars and trucks.  His interest and knowledge were so extensive that it influenced and inspired the next generations of young mechanics and auto enthusiasts both inside and outside his family in many parts of South Texas.  He frequently fielded calls from mechanics in the business even as recent as last…

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