Gene W. Spear, 80, passed away June 12, 2003. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Marijane Spear, of the family home; father-in-law, Frank J. Chantala, Pueblo; brothers-in-law, David F. Chantala, Denver and Richard G. Chantala, Monterrey, CA; sisters-in-law, Norma Kay (Ronald) Perko and Patricia J. McKinney, both of Pueblo, Sharon Riggs, Denver, and Diane Kim (David) Chantala-Taft of Cary, NC; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and other relatives. Gene was born on January 27, 1923, in Delta, Colorado, and was a longtime Pueblo resident. He was a champion roller skater, both in singles and doubles competitions. Veteran of the Army Air Corps, serving as a B-29 pilot, during World War II. After his discharge, he worked for Power Equipment for many years; and from 1967 until 1979, he and Marijane owned and operated the Poodle Shop and Pet Plaza. During that time, they also raised and showed champion Standard Poodles. Gene then worked many years for the Johnson Electric Company, until his retirement. In 1985, they purchased the Kings Plaza Shopping Center and Gene managed it until his death. Member of Silver State Lodge No. 95, A.F. & A.M. and the Southern Colorado Consistory. At his request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held a 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2003, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with Marvin Read officiating. Masonic Rites by Silver State Lodge No. 95, A.F. & A.M. and inurnment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. Special thanks to Dr. Earl Eiffert and his staff for all their care. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Those who desire may make memorials to the Pueblo Zoo, c/o the funeral home.

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  1. Marijane-We offer our deepest sympathies over the loss of Gene. I have a lot of fond memories of family picnics, working, traveling, and joking around with both you and Gene. Those are the memories I will always keep. Lovingly, Sharon & Kids.

  2. Marijane-We express our sympathy over the loss of Gene. You and Gene had a busy life that both of you enjoyed. That is what makes happiness, which we know the two of you had together. Although we have not seen Gene for some time we always though he was one “neat” guy. Always a “hello” with a smile. Again, we express our sympathy over your great loss. Fondly, Tom and Midge

  3. Marijane: Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers go out to you over the loss of Gene. I will always remember working with you both at the Poodle Shop & Pet Plaza. I learned alot from both of you! Gene was always helpful and always had a smile! I will always have fond memories of those times.
    Fondly, Teresa 🙂

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