Earl Thomas Mead, 93, passed away Nov. 20, 2010. Survived by his wife of 19 years, Ella Mae Mead; children, Gary (Betty) Mead of Pueblo, Jeannie (Don) Oakley of Georgia; five grandchildren, Kerry (Dave) Oedel, Dr. Kristi (John) St. Clair, and Jan Mead (Mike) Arrowood, of Georgia, Jay (Lyn) Mead, and Brook (Ann) Mead, of Pueblo; 21 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Survived also by loving extended family and many special friends. Preceded by his first wife and the mother of his children, Velma Mead. Earl was a decorated WWII Veteran, having served with the 30th Old Hickory Division's 117th Regiment. He battled through Normandy, Belgium, Holland, the Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns as well as the German occupation. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action during the Battle Of The Bulge and the Purple Heart when wounded in Belgium. He was very proud of his military service and will forever be remembered on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. After the war he worked in four retail business ventures: Phillips Service Station; Partner in Belmont Hardware until 1975; Norman's Used Cars until 1992; and formed E & E Auto Sales 1993 - 1997. Many years an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church, now merged with First United Methodist Church. Earl was always there to lend a helping hand no matter what the need. He was a proud and loyal man who will continue to be forever remembered and loved by many. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors (1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003) to First United Methodist Church or The Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation, 2- 4 P.M. Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral service, 11 A.M. Wed., Nov. 24, 2010, at First Methodist Church, 310 W. 11th St., with Pastor Rick Calhoun officiating. Military honors and interment at Chico Cemetery. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear that “Grandad” is no longer with us. He was such a giving gentleman to his family and to friends of his family. I’ll never forget feeling like a queen when I parked my motorhome in Earl and Ella Mae’s front driveway in 1999. They were so gracious and kind to me as were Gary and Betty. Earl truly epitomized the best in humanity. He left a legacy of love and service to others. I send my deepest sympathies to Ella Mae, Gary and Betty, Jeannie and Don and all the other family members.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I couldn’t make the memorial with all of Donna’s problems. Earl was such a nice and carrying person. He was always busy doing so many things, you couldn’t keep him down. I’ll always remember him asking me about things I was working on when I built my house, across the street, weather in the summer or winter. He would be out there in the middle of the summer with his straw hat mowing the yard along with Ella Mae using the other mower.It’s so nice to see wonderful people like the Mead’s working together and loving life to the most.It seems like a lost art these days. I’ll always remember Earl. God Bless!!

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. I fondly remember talking to Earl and Ella on many occasions, and sharing many memories and songs. My sincere sympathies to the whole family on the loss of such a great man.

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