Thursday, March 13, 2014

Eugene Kreile Spencer 9/22/1924-3/6/2014

Weston's grandfather Eugene passed away this last week at the age of 89.  He was a remarkable man who lived a good life and lived it to the fullest.  He loved his friends and family and touched the lives of everyone he met.  He was a character - full of humor, stories, laughs and songs.  We knew him as "Th'ol Bear" or "Grandpa Great."  The family just won't be the same without him! We will miss him dearly.

Some of our favorite memories of Grandpa Great:
- Ping Pong
- Chocolate milk and cinnamon graham crackers
- Good and Plenty candies
- Brand new, crisp $2 bills
- His unique and clever inventions
- His songs, "Sweet Adeline" and "K K K Katie"
- Coveralls
- Christmas cards from Th'ol Bear in envelopes filled with confetti
- Him removing his dentures and singing, "All I Want For Christmas is a Face With Teeth!"
- Racquetball
- BINGO at the Senior Center

Three generations of Eugenes (Weston's and his Dad's middle name is Eugene).  Add Isaac to the picture and it would be four generations! (2007)
Gene was known for his coveralls. (2007)
Halloween 2010
Without the mask
With the mask
Cate's baptism 2011

Connie's Jubilee birthday party 2012 (Addie is wearing Grandpa Great's glasses).
My mom's funeral 2012.  Grandpa Great pulled Isaac aside and sang him a sweet song.

Grandpa Great loved to play BINGO at the Senior Center.  So at our family reunion last summer, we all joined in for one of his favorite activities.
He even won a prize - a box of kleenex!
Grandpa Great was able to attend our Donuts in the Driveway last Fall and found himself to be the subject of a sketch artist (our neighbor's son).
Christmas 2013
We visited Grandpa Great on Valentine's Day so the kids could deliver their Valentines.  He loved having visitors.  He sang us a couple of songs and told us some stories. 
This was the last visit we had with Grandpa Great before he got sick.  I am so grateful I took this picture.  I love it.
Here he is telling us the story of how he won this hat (that lights up) at BINGO night.
He was truly one of a kind.  He will be missed.  We love you Grandpa Great!

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