Former Grand Lake mayor Gene Stover dies
Eugene “Gene” M. Stover of Grand Lake passed on Oct. 4, 2010. He was 60 years old. He was born on Oct. 5, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio.
Growing up in Dayton, Ohio he graduated from Colonel White High School.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in September of 1967. He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran earning a Navy Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He served as a Forward Observer for the 1st Marine Division north of Danang, Vietnam.
After termination of military service, Gene moved back to Dayton, Ohio to study Political Science at Wright State University.
He moved to Denver and started a construction company. Through contacts he was able to get a job on a downtown Grand Lake project.
Falling in love with the small-town charm of Grand Lake, he operated the Little Bear Saloon. Then in 1980 became owner of the Rockin’ K across the street. Later renaming it to it’s original name of The Lariat Saloon.
He served two years as town Trustee, Planning Commissioner from 1983 to 2004 and served as Mayor from 1984 to 2004.
Gene is survived by sisters Millie Stover of Centerville, Ohio; Patty Stover-Weaver and her husband Dave Weaver of Grand Lake, Colo.; ; nephews Bryce Weaver and Adam Weaver of Grand Lake, Colo.; and Jeremy Weaver of Enon, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents Donald Stover and Ruby Stover, brother Thomas Stover and sister Kathryn Stover.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Grand Lake Community Center next to Town Hall. A celebration will follow at The Lariat Saloon.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mountain Family Center in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo.
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