In memoriam: Eugene Snively

       The Westside artist known as “Mr. Eugene” passed away May 21.

Mr. Eugene in 2008 with Easter eggs he'd painted for an Old Colorado City store.
Westside Pioneer file photo

       Services for Eugene Snively, 84, will be Saturday, May 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St.
       Born in Broadway, Ohio, April 17, 1928, Eugene leaves his wife Lola, daughters Heidi and Greta and three grandchildren.
       He died of natural causes, according to Lola.
       Married in 1971, they lived in Pleasant Valley.
       Eugene had spent his earlier years in Hollywood, Calif., after deciding on a whim at age 21 to leave his home in Columbus, Ohio, and get involved in movies. In Hollywood, he worked in fashion and was even an assistant on films including such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Ginger Rogers.
       In an interview with the Westside Pioneer in 2008, Eugene told about being asked to do pencil sketches of Marilyn Monroe on the set of “Some Like It Hot.” Looking at how he was portraying her, he recalled, “She punched me on the arm and said, 'You make me look nice.' I said, 'That's not hard, Miss Monroe.' ”
       Eugene moved to Colorado Springs in 1969. He worked a number of years as a window decorator and fashion specialist for Neusteter's downtown. He was also a professional artist who marketed his paintings and drawings locally and taught art classes until about four years ago.
       In Old Colorado City, he would sometimes set up a table on the avenue, sketching passersby and giving away drawings to children.
       The 2008 Pioneer article also reported on one of his great joys as an artist: “It was around 1955 that Eugene began a series of drawings/paintings that continue to this day. Each portrays an attractive woman, wearing clothes that reflect his knowledge of fashion history, and each has the title, 'One of the Girls.'”
       In May 2008, one of Eugene's “girls,” dressed in Old West dance-hall style, appeared on the cover of the Pioneer's annual pre-Territory Days issue.
       At the memorial service May 26, there will be no viewing, Mrs. Snively said, because her husband asked to donate his body to science. “It was so he could keep giving,” she said. “That's typical of Eugene. He wanted to enrich other people's lives, with his artwork, his humor his openness and friendliness.”

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