Kremling native Frank Joseph Shearer dies
May 25, 2011
Frank Joseph Shearer
1933 – 2011
Frank Joseph Shearer was born to Ernest (Jiggs) and Loretta Rohracher Shearer on July 22, 1933, in Kremmling. Frank, the second of four children born to Jiggs and Loretta, was raised up the Troublesome Valley. He attended the Paramount School on the Troublesome and helped his parents on the ranch.
Frank married Wanda Allingham on Sept. 8, 1950. The two had one son, Stephen Shearer.
Frank loved to work on the ranch and continued into adulthood. He worked for Fred Grimes on the old Becker, Gaddis, and Ennis places. He also worked for Bob Stewart running the Skylark Ranch.
Frank also enjoyed the construction life working and building roads, rerouting railroads, building dams, and working in mines. One of Frank’s first construction jobs was building livestock ponds for well known sheep ranchers, The Jollies in Last Chance. He helped build the Roberts tunnel that takes water from the Dillon Dam to Bailey, Colo., worked at the Fluorspar mine at Three Ways, helped to build I-70 and reroute the narrow gauge railroad around Navajo Dam down by Durango after the dam had put the railroad under water, worked for Smith and Lucas rerouting Highway 9 from the old Heeney road to where we drive today on the east side of Green Mountain Reservoir through the black shale. In about 1969, Frank went to work for Wadsworth Excavating where he helped to reroute County Road 3 (Williams Fork Road), build County Road 30 (Trails End Road), build the railroad grade for Henderson Mill, and helped to build Ute Pass Road.
Frank and Wanda decided to try some new scenery and moved to Polson, Mont., where they again enjoyed the ranching life. From there, they moved to California where Frank again worked in construction. After some time they moved back to Colorado and settled in Glenwood Springs. Frank went to work for the Gypsum Mine. He commuted from Glenwood to Gypsum every day until he retired.
Frank passed away on May 23, 2011, at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Grand Junction after a lengthy illness.
Frank is survived by his wife Wanda; son Stephen; brothers Ernie of Parshall and Lyle of Denton, Neb.; sister Lenore of Silt; and several nieces and nephews.