A. Gene Hood passed away on June 29, 2013, at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born on Aug. 7, 1932, in Detroit, Mich. to Arthur H. and Mildred R. Hood. At the age of 6, he moved with his family back to their hometown of Barrackville, West Va. With exception of a few years in Crofton, Ky., Gene received his formal education there. After Gene's graduation from high school, the family moved to McMinnville, Ore., and from there Gene enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and proudly served his country, serving in the North Atlantic, Hawaii and Guam. He received his honorable discharge in 1953. He then began his college education in Fairmont, W. Va., graduating with a degree in Business Administration. In 1954 he married Pauline Coleman and to this union two sons were born, Bruce E. and Brent E. In 1958 the family moved to Loveland, Colo. where Brent was born. Gene then became employed by Denver Loveland Transportation and he began his successful career in the transportation industry. In the early 60's Gene and his business partner purchased the company. After deregulation, the company began coast to coast services under the name of TransWestern Express, LTD., serving companies such as Hewlett Packard and Kodak. Gene retired from the company in 1992 after the 34 years of service. During his years in Loveland, Gene was very active in many civic organizations, acting as an officer in several of them. Gene was later divorced and on Dec. 25, 1981, he married Eileen M. Boldt. They moved to the foothills west of Loveland and Gene became a member of the Buckhorn Presbyterian Church. Gene and Eileen then began their travels, as his love of service to the Coast Guard gave him a great desire to see the rest of the world. They traveled extensively in world travel visiting many counties and six of the seven continents, until Gene's health prevented it in 2009. Much of this travel was by ship because of his love of the ocean. Gene and Eileen spent their winters in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for several years and enjoyed time on the lake there entertaining family and friends. In 1997 they moved to Las Cruces, N.M., and Gene became a member of SCORE, a retired executive program. He retired from that volunteer program after 10 years of service. He also joined the First Presbyterian Church here and served as an elder on the Session and on several various committees. Gene is survived by his loving wife Eileen, his two sons, Bruce Hood and wife Rebecca, and Brent and wife Janese. He is also survived by three step-children, Patti Landerfelt and husband Gary, Jan W. Boldt and wife Diana and Michelle Dolliver and husband, Tom. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and an infant granddaughter, Allison Hood, daughter of Brent and Janese. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Boutz in Las Cruces. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Mesilla Valley Hospice. Inurnment will be in the columbarium at the church. Arrangements are with La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home. To send condolences, go to http://www.lapaz-grahams.com/
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from July 2 to July 3, 2013