(August 9, 1922 - February 22, 2017)
Eldo “Tiny” Ray Gallagher, 94, of Kremmling Colorado, passed away peacefully on February 22nd with his family by his side. Tiny was born August 9th, 1922 to George and Annie Gallagher alongside his twin brother Elvin (“Big”). He was raised in the small mining community of Eureka and went on to graduate from high school in Silverton Colorado. He was drafted into service of his country during World War II and was a soldier in the North Africa Campaign, D-Day, the French Liberation, and the “Battle of the Bulge”. After the war he enrolled in Western State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. There he met his future wife Marcelline Joan Esmiol of Kremmling, and they were married on August 20th 1950 in the Kremmling Community Church.
Over the course of his life Tiny donned many hats including cabinetmaker, soldier, army engineer, teacher, fisherman, firefighter, historian, mayor, and Esmiol’s Department Store co proprietor; but he is best known for his bright smile, soft humor, kind friendship, and community stewardship. Active in Grand County for over 60 years as a member of the VFW, town board, DAV, Trinity Episcopal Church, volunteer fire department, hospital board, historical association, and many other organizations, he was a firm believer in the power of community involvement.
John B. Murphy was born on the Murphy Ranch in Granby in the old ranch house that still stands today. As a child John rode horseback to the one room school house in town, fording the Fraser River before the first bridge was built.
John was a life-long rancher, raising cattle on the land his parents purchased in 1909. In the early days of ranching, John and his brother Jim, would make the annual cattle drive with the cows from the winter feeding grounds at Jim’s ranch on the 4 Bar 4 Road in Fraser. Then they would continue to move them down Highway 40 to John’s ranch in Granby for the spring calving season.
In 1955, John married Edith Clark and they had two children Jennifer (Baker) and Steve. Upon Edith’s death in 1959, John ran the ranch and raised the children with the help of family and good friends.
He married Carolyn Hudak in 1979, and together they ranched until 1993 when John decided it was time to slow down. In retirement, he was able to fulfill his life-time dream of traveling on a safari to Africa, cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska, and taking a walking tour of Ireland, his country of ancestry. He was 87 years old during the Ireland trip and walked 4-7 miles a day.
John was active in the Granby community serving for many years on the board of the East Grand Fire District, president and board member of the Grand County Irrigated Land Company, and sat on the board of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association and the Middle Park Soil Conservation District.
In John’s memory, donations may be made to the Middle Park 4-H Scholarship Fund, PO Box 475, Kremmling, CO 80459.
Georgeann was born on May 8th, 1940, daughter to George and Minnie Field. She is survived by her daughter Shella Langford. Below are a few memories shared by her daughter.
My Mom had a full life. She traveled, she loved and she lived! She was a flight attendant for United Airlines, she was a civil servant during the Vietnam War stationed at the Navy Hospital in Guam, she was the first female manager of the Hilton Hotel in Manila, Philippines, she was an Licensed Practical Nurse and cared for so many.
Growing up I was so amazed by my Mom. Holidays were always amazing! Thanksgiving at the Gross’s and Christmas at our house was always full of great food, laughs and love. My Mom would throw these New Years Eve parties and it seemed the whole town was there. Adults upstairs and kids downstairs, that makes me smile remembering that.
She loved people and she was a giver. Many will remember her for her chocolate chunk cookies and her chocolate peanut butter pie. But her love of animals is what many of you will know her for and that love was undeniable. Her love of dogs was at the top of the list and there can’t be a dog in the Kremmling community that didn’t get a dog treat from my Mom. She loved dogs and as her mind started to deteriorate, I believe that is one thing that kept her going.
Clear to the end she was full of spirit. She always had a smile, always wanted a hug and a kiss and was always happy.
Kenneth Homer Wheatley was born at home on the Wheatley Place, six miles up the Muddy on March 22, 1921 to George R. and Bessie (Sampson) Wheatley. They would move into Kremmling during the winter months so that Cecile, George, Maidie, Doug and Ken could attend school. Ken went to first and second grades at Kremmling Elementary School. The family then moved to the east side of Wolford, to the home place, where his son, Alan, now lives. He attended country school third through eighth grades at Piermont, up the Troublesome Creek, riding a horse to and from school, each day, sometimes with three on the horse.
On August 29, 1943, Ken and Stella Marie Smith/Edmondson were married. They lived on the Carlson Place, the home place and then moved into the house on County Road 22, the back Troublesome Road, where they raised Alan, Leah, Bill, and Twila. Ken lived there for the remainder of his life.
Ken was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Kirtz Ditch Association for many years and treasurer of the Piermont/Primrose School District. His uncle Floyd Sampson was the first treasurer of the district, and he was the last before consolidation. Through the years Ken was a member of the Grand County Sheriff’s Patrol, Cattlemen’s Association, USDA Board, and BLM Advisory Board. He was a member of the Kremmling Kiwanis Club and the International Order of Odd Fellows. Ken was honored at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo as Citizen of the Year in 1987 and Pioneer of the Year in 1996.
In later years Ken traveled with Twila, visiting Texas, California, and Alaska for 49 days. That was the longest time Ken had been away from home in his life.