Heaven’s gain and humankind’s loss when Gene Springsteel, 72, passed away in Glenwood Springs. Gene was born in Denver, Colorado, to Charles and Ethel (May) Springsteel. The Springsteel family moved to Glenwood when Gene was 4. Gene graduated in 1960 from Garfield County High School (now GSHS). He then went to University of Colorado Boulder for his Pharmacy degree and graduated in 1966. After graduating, Gene moved back to Glenwood and started working at Chase Pharmacy. In 1971, Gene bought the pharmacy, and in 1980 he moved the business to Glen Avenue and renamed it ”Gene’s Pharmacy Mart.” In 1971, Gene married Roseanne Edmonds, they had two children, Tom and Kristy, before divorcing. After getting diabetes in 1991, Gene decided to go to work for Safeway Pharmacy and worked there from 1991 until he retired in 2007. Even during his three years of dialysis for his kidney failure, Gene would go to work. He only missed two months when he got his kidney transplant. Work and dedication were a highly valued trait to Gene. During his decades of being a pharmacist not only did he administer medical prescriptions, but also kindness. When he owned his own pharmacy, Gene’s kids remember him going down to the pharmacy more than once in the middle of the night (and once on Christmas morning) to reopen his store because a child had gotten chicken pox and the parents needed something to soothe their child’s itchy bumps, or someone had ran out of their medication, or someone had gotten sick and needed cough medicine. This is how Gene built his reputation of being a kind man. In the winter, his neighbors would find their driveways had been plowed, a sick child’s prescription would always be filled first, and there was always time to help fix a friend’s broken car, boat or anything else. Besides kindness, we learned many life lessons from Gene among them: work hard and play hard, there isn’t anything that can’t be fixed, tractors are the best toys (I mean tools), invest in your education, work is the solution to boredom, family and friendship makes life worth living, stories and jokes are a must to maintain humor, any bad day of fishing is still a great day, and you can’t spoil children or grandchildren.
Gene is survived by his son Tom and Tom’s wife Karen (kids: Sarah, Rachel and Moses) his daughter Kristy Snaith and her husband David (kids: Kevin and Mark.) Brothers Jim and his wife Ruby Springsteel and Bob Springsteel and his life partner Tom Sittler. Also survived by Gene are 5 great-grandchildren, 1 niece, 3 nephews, and other family and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten. Gene is welcomed home by his mom and dad and many friends.
Friends and family are invited to come share stories and celebrate Gene’s life this summer, at Mountain View Church on July 11, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to honor Gene’s memory to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Rose Hill House, P.O. Box 1628, Grand Junction, CO 81502.
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