Yesterday morning Gene Spicer passed away in hospice care after fighting cancer for the past few years.
He was actively involved in the cartridge collecting community for many decades and had not missed a Chicago/St. Louis show since the very first one.
He first started collecting cartridges in the 1940s as a child. He mowed lawns to save up money to send away for various cartridges from mail order catalogs. His first cartridge was a Spencer cartridge and they remained a major focus of his collection for the rest of his life. His collecting specialty spread out from there to a major focus on cartridges from the American Civil War and earlier.
He was always more than willing to share his knowledge with anyone who would ask and encouraged many people into becoming collectors. At OGCA shows and Ohio Civil War shows he would often give away a few cartridges to kids—with their parent’s permission— to encourage their interested in the hobby.
I first met Gene at an Ohio Cartridge Show when I had just begun collecting. He invited me over to his house shortly after where he sold me one of my first pinfire cartridge boxes, a C.D. Leet one from the American Civil War, and his collection of pinfire cartridges. This really jumped started my interest in pinfire cartridges.
He and His wife, Janice, were always great friends to me and my family over the years and he will definitely be missed by many.