Pastor Gene David Vreeland departed this life and entered into the presence of his Lord last Thursday, May 29 in Torrance. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, November 11, 1939, Pastor Gene was 63. He was educated at Simpson Bible College and California Graduate School of Theology and ordained for the ministry of the Gospel by Riverview Baptist Church in Pittsburg, California, which he served as youth pastor and pastor. In 1987 he became pastor of South Bay Baptist-Cornerstone Community Church, Torrance, and served till his retirement in December of 2001. He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia, daughter Joy and son Tim; brother Sid and sisters Irene and Pearl. A service celebrating his life, ministry and confidence in Jesus Christ will be held Monday, June 2, 1:00 p.m. at the Pacific View Baptist Church, 4345 Emerald St., Torrance. The family will greet friends between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the White and Day Colonial Chapel, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. Instead of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Pacific View Baptist Church for the Vreeland Memorial Fund.

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  1. To Sylvia, Joy and Tim… Your husband and dad was a source of enouragement to me. You all are in our prayers. Lee and Janice Huddleston

  2. Dear Sylvia, Joy and Tim, We are very sorry for your loss. All our best wishes and prayers are with you now. Sincerely, Laura and Mike

  3. my fondest memory is christmas 1983.all time I was able to spend with Gene is a fond memory. May GOD\’s peace be with you all. LOVE Sandy

  4. Aunt Sylvia, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers are extended out to you and Joy and Timmy. My fondest memory is when our family went to the ocean with ya\’ll. I also loved it when ya\’ll came down and I would love to listen to daddy and Uncle Gene talk about the \’good ol days\’.

  5. Dearest Aunt Sylvia, Joy & Tim, Although Uncle Gene wore the holy robe, I firmly believe God has now covered him with his holy robe of righteousness. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. I am sad I can not be with you in this time of need. I do firmly believe Uncle Gene had more love for people and things that we will ever know. It took a big strong man to carry all that love around and share it with others. God was able to depend upon him to do it. My best thought of Uncle Gene came from a terrible accident that caused him much pain at the moment but laughter later. We were in the emergency room, when his collar bone was broken, and the nurse asked him how he broke his collar bone and he relied “Skiing behind the Queen Elizabeth”, well the little nurse just died laughing and asked him really how did he break his collar bone, he replied “riding my niece\’s 4 wheeler”, boy then the little nurse really was adament about knowing how he broke it. The truth was told and he never could convince her that is really what happened.

  6. Dear Sylvia, We rejoice with Gene that he is with our beloved Jesus, at rest and out of this “vale of tears”. But we grieve with you at your loss of his physical presence with you. We remember the special birthday celebration for Gene that we attended. You planned it so beautifully and we learned a lot about Gene, as well as seeing the fun and affection between you and Gene and between your church and Gene. What a wonderful memory for you. We thank God that He gave you such a dear husband and father, and we thank God that you can rest knowing he is happy and safe in the arms of our Lord, and you will see him again one day. love, Audie and Glory Derryberry and family and Carolyn Root.

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