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Fred Gibbs

Fred Gibbs

Friday, August 25th, 1944 - Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
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Obituary

Fred Osborne Gibbs 75, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family and loved ones, April 15, 2020, after fighting an uphill battle with cancer for 8 years.

He was born in Laramie, WY and raised in Rock River, WY by his loving parents Fred and Anna May (Cuin) Gibbs. He was raised to be a hard working ranch kid and this echoed throughout his life. He graduated from Rock River HS in 1962 with a class of 3 students. He attended the University of Wyoming (Go Pokes!) receiving a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology June, 1967 and then going on to earn his Master of Science in Animal Husbandry, June, 1968. He joined the Air National Guard and trained at Lackland Air Force Base for boot camp, but was released on a medical discharge after 3 months. He then moved to Ft. Collins, and began attending CSU earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1976.

To pay for all this schooling he worked for Allied Mills, then he worked with his sister JoAnn & her husband John Pearson raising sheep, cattle and farming. To help offset the cost of vet school he opened B&G Irrigation erecting center pivots. For the last 30 years or so he owned and operated Affordable Storage in Greeley, CO. and Prairie View Ranchettes in Wiggins, CO.

In 1972 he married Mary (Brown) and had twin boys whom he loved dearly. They divorced and he met and married Doryea (Scruggs) to whom he was married and together with for 28 years. They built a loving family combining two families together.

Fred had a fervor for life. He loved being out and about visiting friends and business partners. With Doryea, they traveled to China, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and many other European countries. Most recently they traveled to Alaska and they took a cruise on the Snake River. Often they traveled in the US going for enjoyment and to see his college friends. He was the life of the party, never meeting a stranger, he would talk with people for hours. He loved taking drives in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming taking pictures of everything he saw.

Fred would spend many hours playing with his grandchildren and was the only grandpa to play Barbies’ with his granddaughter Skylah when she was going through cancer treatments. His grandson’s spent time with him at his shop asking questions galore and he would gently answer them even though he was busy working.

His death is leaving a large hole in the lives of family and friends, and he will be missed.

Fred is survived by his loving wife Doryea (Scruggs) Gibbs of Eaton, CO., son James G. Gibbs of Greeley, CO., sister JoAnn (John) Pearson of Buffalo, WY., niece Tulsa (Mac) Dean of Red Lodge, MT., stepdaughter Anissa (Matt) Bree of Cody, WY., stepson Derek (Joan) Jackson of Eaton, CO., and stepdaughter Amaris(Josh) Coots of Windsor, CO. Grandchildren Skylah and Gabe Bree, Lexa Jackson, Tucker Jackson, Tynlee Shortridge and Max Coots.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Fred G. Gibbs and niece Autumn Pearson. No funeral services will be held at this time, and the family will have a celebration of Fred’s life at a later date. In lue of flowers please donate money in Fred’s name to the cancer research organization of your choice or Make a Wish of Wyoming or Colorado.
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Service Details

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    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Eaton Country Club
    Address
    37661 Country Road 39
    EATON, CO 80615
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  • Reception

    Location
    Eaton Country Club
    Address
    37661 Country Road 39
    EATON, CO 80615
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Marilyn Sturgeon

Posted at 04:00pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was always nice to a little girl who thought he was just IT. Yesterday day we drove up by North Albany Clubhouse. As I walked around it I thought of the times we were all at dances there. He in his light blue pick-up. HUGS and sympathy to all the family.
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Bill Thompson

Posted at 11:27am
A good friend who gave me my first ride in an airplane. JoAnn I'm so sorry 💔 for your loss
Bill Thompson pop
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KENNETH MARTINEZ

Posted at 02:34am
My father and my brothers worked for Fred Gibbs in the 70’s and 80’s with Sam and Agnes , building center pivot sprinklers it was hard work, long hrs and the traveling was tiring ,he feed my family when times were tough ,will be for ever great full to him , have know a lot of ppl who have died from cancer so I am sorry to hear that he passed from this ugly disease, anyway may he RIP 🙏💪🏽💔
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Cookie Williamson

Posted at 12:12pm
Doryea and Family,
I am praying for you and hoping that in time peace and comfort will heal your heart, May it help to know that friends are thinking of you.
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Larry Fortune

Posted at 11:40am
This world has lost an amazing man, but I can see him right now talking to and making friends with everyone in Heaven. Fred was one of the most brilliant men I have ever known, but you wouldn't have known it by his demeanor. I considered him one of my best friends (as did many people) and I enjoyed the time we shared together talking about everything under the sun. Fred, you will be missed.
Larry Fortune
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