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Western Slope Obituaries 5-30-11

Eugene William Dove, 86, passed away May 21, 2011 of natural causes. He spent the past year and a half in the care of the Colorow Care Center in Olathe and Hospice of Delta, Colo.

He was born in Akron, Colo., on October 10, 1924. His parents and three sisters moved to Nederland, Colo., when Gene was only a few years old. As a mountain town, Nederland, Colo., had a profound influence on Gene.

While going to school Gene worked for his father selling coal and locally harvested ice and in a local mining operation. His creative talents became evident when, at the age of 14, he built a house for his parents and sisters. The house still stands in Nederland, Colo. He lived there until graduating from high school and joining the Merchant Marines during World War II.

While serving in the Merchant Marines, Gene circled the globe and had one ship torpedoed from beneath him. He was proud of the service he rendered in this unsung branch of the military, which had the highest casualty rate of all the services during the war. He married Maggie during the war and remained her spouse for life. Their only daughter, Patty, was born a year after the war ended.

After the war Gene worked for a time in the oil fields of Wyoming and then went to work for Public Service Company, a gas and electric utility, in Boulder, Colo. He rose to be manager of the electric meter department and retired with 30 years service.

Gene and Maggie moved to Cedaredge, Colo., when he retired. In the meanwhile, their daughter Patty married Peter whose union produced two sons, Christopher and Dustin, who were Gene and Maggie’s pride and joy.

Gene Dove was a unique and remarkable man. He and Maggie loved to fish and hunt, always with the highest standards of sportsmanship. Perhaps his most significant trait was his creative resourcefulness. Gene created numerous works of art during his lifetime, keeping it mainly for himself, his wife and his immediate family. His work is especially characterized by the use of found objects and is unique in every aspect

Much of what Gene produced had a practical use. His magnificent light fixtures are characteristic, made from railroad metal, antique farm and mining equipment, horseshoes, cut bottles, horse hames and single trees among other materials. He also made jewelry from bone, antler, turquoise and other stones. His near life-size wood carvings of Native Americans are his finest work while his outdoor metal sculptures are his most charming.

Gene was a modest man who had the highest standards in his professional and family life. He was totally devoted to his wife and family. His memory will be cherished by them and by all who knew him. We trust that he is now with Maggie and they have found the perfect fishing hole.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleve and Estina Dove, his wife Maggie, and two of his sisters.

Memorial services were held May 29, 2011 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge, Colo.

Interment was in the Cedaredge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Gene Dove’s memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416 or Colorow Care Center, P.O. Box 710, Olathe, Colo., 81425.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.

Eugene William Dove, 86, passed away May 21, 2011 of natural causes. He spent the past year and a half in the care of the Colorow Care Center in Olathe and Hospice of Delta, Colo.

He was born in Akron, Colo., on October 10, 1924. His parents and three sisters moved to Nederland, Colo., when Gene was only a few years old. As a mountain town, Nederland, Colo., had a profound influence on Gene.

While going to school Gene worked for his father selling coal and locally harvested ice and in a local mining operation. His creative talents became evident when, at the age of 14, he built a house for his parents and sisters. The house still stands in Nederland, Colo. He lived there until graduating from high school and joining the Merchant Marines during World War II.

While serving in the Merchant Marines, Gene circled the globe and had one ship torpedoed from beneath him. He was proud of the service he rendered in this unsung branch of the military, which had the highest casualty rate of all the services during the war. He married Maggie during the war and remained her spouse for life. Their only daughter, Patty, was born a year after the war ended.

After the war Gene worked for a time in the oil fields of Wyoming and then went to work for Public Service Company, a gas and electric utility, in Boulder, Colo. He rose to be manager of the electric meter department and retired with 30 years service.

Gene and Maggie moved to Cedaredge, Colo., when he retired. In the meanwhile, their daughter Patty married Peter whose union produced two sons, Christopher and Dustin, who were Gene and Maggie’s pride and joy.

Gene Dove was a unique and remarkable man. He and Maggie loved to fish and hunt, always with the highest standards of sportsmanship. Perhaps his most significant trait was his creative resourcefulness. Gene created numerous works of art during his lifetime, keeping it mainly for himself, his wife and his immediate family. His work is especially characterized by the use of found objects and is unique in every aspect

Much of what Gene produced had a practical use. His magnificent light fixtures are characteristic, made from railroad metal, antique farm and mining equipment, horseshoes, cut bottles, horse hames and single trees among other materials. He also made jewelry from bone, antler, turquoise and other stones. His near life-size wood carvings of Native Americans are his finest work while his outdoor metal sculptures are his most charming.

Gene was a modest man who had the highest standards in his professional and family life. He was totally devoted to his wife and family. His memory will be cherished by them and by all who knew him. We trust that he is now with Maggie and they have found the perfect fishing hole.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleve and Estina Dove, his wife Maggie, and two of his sisters.

Memorial services were held May 29, 2011 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge, Colo.

Interment was in the Cedaredge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Gene Dove’s memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416 or Colorow Care Center, P.O. Box 710, Olathe, Colo., 81425.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.

Eugene William Dove, 86, passed away May 21, 2011 of natural causes. He spent the past year and a half in the care of the Colorow Care Center in Olathe and Hospice of Delta, Colo.

He was born in Akron, Colo., on October 10, 1924. His parents and three sisters moved to Nederland, Colo., when Gene was only a few years old. As a mountain town, Nederland, Colo., had a profound influence on Gene.

While going to school Gene worked for his father selling coal and locally harvested ice and in a local mining operation. His creative talents became evident when, at the age of 14, he built a house for his parents and sisters. The house still stands in Nederland, Colo. He lived there until graduating from high school and joining the Merchant Marines during World War II.

While serving in the Merchant Marines, Gene circled the globe and had one ship torpedoed from beneath him. He was proud of the service he rendered in this unsung branch of the military, which had the highest casualty rate of all the services during the war. He married Maggie during the war and remained her spouse for life. Their only daughter, Patty, was born a year after the war ended.

After the war Gene worked for a time in the oil fields of Wyoming and then went to work for Public Service Company, a gas and electric utility, in Boulder, Colo. He rose to be manager of the electric meter department and retired with 30 years service.

Gene and Maggie moved to Cedaredge, Colo., when he retired. In the meanwhile, their daughter Patty married Peter whose union produced two sons, Christopher and Dustin, who were Gene and Maggie’s pride and joy.

Gene Dove was a unique and remarkable man. He and Maggie loved to fish and hunt, always with the highest standards of sportsmanship. Perhaps his most significant trait was his creative resourcefulness. Gene created numerous works of art during his lifetime, keeping it mainly for himself, his wife and his immediate family. His work is especially characterized by the use of found objects and is unique in every aspect

Much of what Gene produced had a practical use. His magnificent light fixtures are characteristic, made from railroad metal, antique farm and mining equipment, horseshoes, cut bottles, horse hames and single trees among other materials. He also made jewelry from bone, antler, turquoise and other stones. His near life-size wood carvings of Native Americans are his finest work while his outdoor metal sculptures are his most charming.

Gene was a modest man who had the highest standards in his professional and family life. He was totally devoted to his wife and family. His memory will be cherished by them and by all who knew him. We trust that he is now with Maggie and they have found the perfect fishing hole.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleve and Estina Dove, his wife Maggie, and two of his sisters.

Memorial services were held May 29, 2011 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge, Colo.

Interment was in the Cedaredge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Gene Dove’s memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416 or Colorow Care Center, P.O. Box 710, Olathe, Colo., 81425.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.


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