Earl Eugene (Gene) Anspach, 82,of Tullahoma, TN passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 3rd, 2015 after battling a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie officiating.
Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 12:00-3:00 pm prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 201 W Lincoln St, Tullahoma, TN 37388, (931) 455-3345 or to First Christian Church, 120 W Grundy St, Tullahoma, TN 37388, (931) 455-2200.
Gene was born April 4, 1933 and was raised in Poplar Bluff, Missouri where he graduated high school, and was a star baseball pitcher–Gene received an offer letter from the Brooklyn Dodgers. Instead of pursuing baseball after high school Gene joined the Coast Guard and served as radio operator on the cutter Escanaba (1946, WPG / WHEC-64) where he developed a talent and desire for electronics. After that Gene married Roberta Rebecca Marlin and earned his BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines where he was a charter member & officer of the social fraternity Delta Sigma Phi, MS Degree in Electrical Engineering from the UTSI and a MS Degree in Engineering Management from the Vanderbilt University. Gene worked at AEDC from 1958 until he retired in 1995 with a year-long career change in New Orleans’s, LA while working on his Vandy degree and another year in Gallatin, TN as co-owner/officer of a luxury houseboat manufacturer. Gene was an avid golfer and a lifelong member of the First Christian Church where he loved to sing in the choir as well as frequent solos.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents Earl & Poly (Prewitt) Anspach, sister Judy, brothers Jerry and Johnny as well as an infant sister Earline.
Survivors include wife Roberta Marlin Anspach of Tullahoma, TN, two sons Earl Gregory (Carol) Anspach of Winchester, TN, Keith Marlin Anspach of Tullahoma, TN, granddaughter Allison (Will) Carpenter, grandson Kyle Gregory Anspach and great-granddaughter Audrey Kate Carpenter, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.