I met Gene years ago, when I got the picture of "Herbs" to him.
I took that picture in 1967. I assumed everything in Miles City would always be.
I wish I had taken MANY more pics. I assumed he was a, "Artsy" type who wouldn't care to talk with me. He was far from it and with a generation between us-We talked Radio and Ham Radio and the History of Miles City. He CHOSE Miles City as his home.
His art will let Gene live on. At the Range Riders Museum, various places in town and in our homes. I want to note a few things.
He was an ARTIST-Not a "Sketch Artist", as has been said in the past. His work could take 125-200+ hours to do and YES the QUALITY was IMPORTANT to him.
I am happy and appreciative of those who have helped him in this last year. I do not know what his final wishes were. They may have changed recently.
I would like to say what Gene told me.
"I want to be creamated."
AND put on the container..."GOOD TO THE LAST DOT."
I know he is smiling. Quick-witted always!
I am smiling also, thinking of our time together.
I have to say one last thing that I use to bug gene with...NO, he is NOT the guy that worked at the theater!
I HAD to get it in one more time, sorry Gene.
A GREAT GUY IS GONE. An intelligent gentleman, whose art ability was tremendous in his history and cartoon work.
We ARE lucky to have had him with us and to have his work to remember him by. Wayde