Obituary: Allen Lee Gingery
Lifelong local resident, Allen Lee Gingery, passed away peacefully May 20 at his home.
Allen was born July 7, 1941 in Hot Sulphur Springs to Ed and Leota “Tillie” Gingery. After graduating from Middle Park High School, he received his Master’s in Special Education from Western State University. He enjoyed classroom teaching, both locally and in the Vail area, after graduation.
Many years were spent in the cross country Ski business where he operated touring centers at the Fraser Valley Tubing Hill, Idlewild and Devil’s Thumb Ranch. After ski touring, Allen spent over 20 years in the insurance, real estate and pre-built log home business. He served as a District Manager for many years, representing the Franklin Life Insurance Company where he was awarded one of the highest company awards: Legion of Honor.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Gingery, who he married in 1979. They enjoyed raising their children, Brett and Ashley, in the Fraser Valley. Allen is additionally survived by his son, Brett; his mother, Leota “Tillie” Gingery of Granby; his brother Paul “Skeeter” Gingery of Centennial; his uncles Leonard, Dan, Jim and Pat Heeney; and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Ashley Jo, his father, Ed Gingery, and sister-in-law, Jody (Florquist) Gingery.
Allen loved Grand County, and felt he experienced the county in its finest days. His roots ran deep, having been born and raised locally. One of his favorite pastimes was recalling the “good ‘ole days” when he fed cows at 30 below 0 for $2 a day. He was passionate about fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, downhill racing, rodeo and roping events, horseback riding and enjoying the company of good friends. He enjoyed most of all spending time with his family camping and traveling back to Illinois to his in-laws where bass and catfish fishing rivaled the squirrel, duck, goose and dove hunting.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash, to celebrate his life. Pastor Garrett Hoffman will be officiating. A luncheon will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Shining Stars Foundation (supporting children with cancer and life threatening diseases), Box 730, Tabernash, CO 80478.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary – Hot Sulphur Springs.
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