Sunday, June 3, 2012
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Copper Creek Golf Club House
4825 Copper Creek Drive
Sunday, June 3, 2012
No service planned
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Leo "Gene" Spalding
Leo "Gene" Spalding, 70, of Pleasant Hill, passed away after an epic battle with lung cancer on Friday, May 11 while surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on September 23, 1941, in Argentine, Kansas.
Gene graduated from Kansas University in 1963 and married Jo Anne "Charlie" Tompkins in 1972. He went on to pursue a career in sales at Maytag. During his 37 years at Maytag, he was dedicated to mentoring many colleagues throughout their careers. Both of his sons, Gene and David, made their father proud by following him into the sales profession.
After retirement, Gene took off his watch and embarked on his second career as a retired professional golfer and never missed a tee time. His love of the game was passed on to his first grandson, Carter.
When not on the golf course, Gene found time to be very active in the Pleasant Hill community. He enjoyed spending time with his fellow Mustangs, cheering on KU, and founded the "Boys of Summer" traveling golf group. He was also a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Gene will be remembered for his dynamic personality, his passion for his family, and always making people feel special. He loved history, especially the Civil War, crossword puzzles and the quest for the perfect BBQ ribs.
Even in his passing he continued to help people by donating his eyes in the hopes that they will help a fellow golfer find their ball or wordsmith finish the crossword.
Gene is survived by his wife, Charlie; two sons, David and Gene; favorite daughter-in-law, Andrea; brother; and lifelong friend, Dave (Pam); and two grandsons, Carter and Derek. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Gene's family would like to express their gratitude for the respect and compassion extended by the nursing staff at Powell 3 and the John Stoddard Clinic, especially Amy B.
A celebration of life party will be held at the Copper Creek Clubhouse in Pleasant Hill on Sunday, June 3, from 1 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Gene Spalding memorial fund at Valley Bank, 1290 Copper Creek Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327.