Keith R. Gerard |

Keith R. Gerard

Keith R. Gerard of Gypsum died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Palisade Living Center. He was 77.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, at the United Methodist Church of Gypsum.

Mr. Gerard was born Jan. 8, 1926, to Ora E. (Carr) and Loyd A. Gerard in the family ranch house three miles south of Gypsum. His grandmother, Lulu Carr, delivered him and helped with his care for the first few months of his life. He was the oldest of four boys in the family.

Much of his education was at the Upper Gypsum school, where he graduated from eighth grade.

A lifelong rancher, Mr. Gerard loved caring for his cattle, chickens and horses.

As a young man, he traveled to town to sell the eggs and potatoes raised on the ranch. “Egg day” was special to him. It was a chance to visit with all his customers and catch up on the news. It was a day well spent.

Mr. Gerard loved moving his cattle from pasture to pasture on his BLM and national forest permits. As an older man, his favorite horse was Nugget. They were a special team and had a knack for rounding up the stray cattle that only they could find.

He doctored as many cattle in a day as any cowboy, but he never used a rope. A pitchfork and shovel were his best working tools. He never understood mechanical things. He took pride in flood irrigation and could set a dam in any ditch.

Although he never married, he loved life and was a friend to all. He would visit with anyone who was willing to chat for a while.

Later in his life, he lived with his brother, Claude Gerard.

He was preceded in death by brothers Clayton “Mike” Gerard and Roland “Andy” Gerard.

Mr. Gerard is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Mary Jo Gerard; and by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church of your choice.

Callahan Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction is in charge of arrangements.

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