Gene Nailon, K5DLE is now a SK. He passed away about 20 minutes ago at his shop in OKC. The possiblity was from a heart attack. We will keep you informed as things develope.
Fair well, Gene. You will be missed by all. Mostly by me, for you were my best friend and my mentor. It was you, who encouraged me join QCWA and get involved. I'll do my best to not let you down. Get that heavenly station ready, my friend, we'll need it soon73's & OO (oink,oink)
blessings - Skip N5CFM
"If you can read this, thank a teacher,
since it's in English, thank a soldier !!"
Published in The Oklahoman on 9/16/2006
ARRL Newsletter - Vol 19, #1 - Jan 7,2000
Eulogy to Gene K5DLE
There is a light that will shine no more in an old hamshack located in Logan County tonight. You will not see the glimmer of the sweep tubes in an old 101 E glowing any more; nor the sweet music of a Master Brass Pounder singing over the airwaves; a beautiful sound that we have grown to know and love for over a half a century. Gene Nailon, K5DLE, dedicated most of his life to ham radio, and for the last 25 years, QCWA was his sole passion. A "Recruitaholic" he proudly called himself; and to so many, he was more than just a friend. He was their mentor and so much more. For today, amateur radio has lost a true and faithful friend; for he has entered into the time honored realm of a SK, as so many others before us have gone on into that great station in the sky. That spiritual station not built with hands, eternal in the heavens. 73's and farewell to you, Gene, for you and your call, K5DLE, will surely be missed by all. And from me, you will always be my brother and best friend.
23 PSALM: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
For You, Gene
To each and every one of us here, our Gene was something special. Something so unique, something, that only we and you, Father, can only know. For its hidden deep within our hearts, and today, we return him to you. We thank you for the cherished times you allowed us to spend with him. We thank you for the good times, as well as the bad, for the bad weren't really all that bad. They were just fleeting moments in time, as we became closer to returning to you. So Father, in our own humble way, we return our beloved father and friend back to you here in the homestead he loved so much, to be with you to take care of, until we meet again on our appointed day. Love him, as we loved him; care for him, as we cared for him; for one day we will be together as a family with you, Father, united as one never to be separated by death or time again. Skip N5CFM