Gene Love

  • "My very first work experience. Gene was a kind and very..."
    - Lori Franks
  • "Sorry about your loss, i had many fun filled days hanging..."
    - Kathy Lee
  • "Thank you gene for starting my work life at love's in the..."
    - Steve tracy
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    - Danny Evatt
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    - Susan Schaffer

Gene Loda Love, son of Loda and Lola Love, was born on June 14, 1930 in Greeley, Colorado. After a rich and full life, he quietly left this world at home on June 28, 2012 in Amarillo, Texas at the age of 82. Gene, one of eight children, grew up working on family farms in the Greeley area where he attended school and later graduated in 1948. After graduation, he began work as a farm equipment mechanic and salesman for the Garnsey Wheeler Motor Co. of Greeley and shortly thereafter married his high school sweetheart, Margie Ray, also of Greeley, on June 26, 1949. The Love's moved to Midland, Texas in 1955 with their three children as owners and operators of an A&W Root Beer stand. Gene remained in the restaurant business until 1980. During that time, he operated several other restaurants; most noteworthy of these was Love's Burger Train. It was a favorite among the local teenagers for great food and as a fun place to hang out with friends. It was also a place that helped to instill good work ethics in the many kids who worked with him. As a restaurateur, Gene was president of the Permian Basin Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association for several years and was voted Restaurateur of the Year in 1968. Immediately after leaving the restaurant business, he built 2 dome houses; one for himself and one for a customer. Afterwards, as a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and Life member of the National Rifle Association, he managed a shotgun range for the Midland Shooters Association and another gun club until 1990 when he and Margie moved to California so he could manage a wholesale firearms business. Three years later, in 1993, they moved back to Colorado where he became a partner in a composting business. In 2005 Gene retired and he and Margie returned to Midland to pursue his love of farming on a small 10 acre farm northeast of Midland. Due to Gene's failing health, they moved to Amarillo in May of this year. Gene was a loving husband and father who enjoyed life and meeting new people. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need, whether it was a fence that needed mending or an engine that needed to be overhauled, he was there. The outdoors was his second home where he loved to fly as a pilot of single engine aircraft, quail hunt, fish, shoot trap, coach little league baseball, garden and cook. He will be missed dearly. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters. He is survived by his loving and patient wife Margie of 63 years, son Mike Love and wife Linda of Midland; daughters, Pat Love Watson and husband Keith of Amarillo; Debbie Love Gaines and husband Bob of St. Lawrence; grandchildren, Allen Graves, Renay Love Sellers, Mathew Watson, Jodi Watson, Josh Gaines, James Gaines, Jeannie Gaines, fourteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to or to the . Family and friends will gather together to celebrate Gene's life on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 2:00-4:00PM at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory on 3800 N. Big Spring St., Midland. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences can be made at

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 1, 2012
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