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John Jacob Jack Gredig

John Jacob Jack Gredig
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John Jacob Jack Gredig was born on Sept. 23, 1920, in Del Norte to John B. and Louise E. (Engel) Gredig. He passed from this life on May 12, 2009, at his home in DeBeque. Jack spent his childhood on the Gredig family ranch between Del Norte and South Fork where his family raised sheep, potatoes, lettuce and field peas. At the age of 12, he started packing supplies for his fathers sheep camps and became a camp tender for the camps between Creede and Lake City. He graduated from Del Norte High School in 1939 and attended Colorado A & M (now CSU) for one year. Jack served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. During his service, his father died on Wolf Creek Pass on May 12, 1945. After bouncing around Europe trying to catch up with any unit headed back to the states, he finally arrived stateside in September and received an honorable discharge as a sergeant. He married Marjorie Page in 1946 and together they ran the family ranch for several years, during which time his older daughters, Lynn and Sue, were born. In 1951, the family moved to Carbondale and then to New Castle, where he managed two different ranching operations. In 1957, he moved to Grand Junction, and worked for Rio Grande Motorway and as fieldman for the Western Colorado Milk Producers. After he and Marjorie were divorced, he met and married Elizabeth Liz Smith in Grand Junction in 1960 and had two more children, John and Caley. In 1962, they purchased a ranch in Emma. While ranching in Emma, he was also employed by Pitkin County Road and Bridge Department for 26 years until his retirement at age 71. He then became involved in various state and local political issues. In 2003, the ranch in Emma was sold and he moved to DeBeque, where he continued to enjoy his animals, tinkering with various pieces of equipment and working on the land. Throughout his years ranching, he was involved in raising beef cattle, horses, Brown Swiss dairy cattle, pigs and sheep. His greatest joys in life were working outside, being with his animals and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of DeBeque; son John (CJ) of New Castle; daughters Lynn Anderson of Denver and Falls Church, Va., Sue Means of Rifle and Buffalo, Wyo., and Caley of De Beque; sisters Margaret Billie Untiedt of Los Gatos, Calif., and Betty Lou Boo Finucane of Annapolis, Md.; brother-in-law Melvin (Millie) Smith of Post Falls, Idaho; grandchildren Wendy (Warren) Enochs and their two children, Lt. Col. Pamela (Fred Malone) Woolley, Buck (Tara) Chavarria and their four children, Michelle (David) Livingston, Nedra (Jason) Tomich and their three children, and Rusty Gredig; as well as three nieces, one nephew, his dog Sassy, other animals and numerous honorary children and grandchildren who have all been important in his long life. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.Cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of his life and a potluck on May 30, starting about noon at the Emma Schoolhouse and the old ranch at Emma. Memories and thoughts can be shared at http://www.mem.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Garfield County 4-H record book awards, P.O. Box 1112, Rifle, CO 81650; Denver Mended Hearts, 1522 E. Mineral Place, Centennial, CO 80122; or the charity of your choice.


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