Stephen Ross Gibbon was born Feb. 14, 1924, and passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.
Ross was born in Mifflin, Wis., to Eugene and Nannie Gibbon. Stephen, also known as Ross, grew up in agriculture with his father being a farmer.
Ross started livestock judging in high school. He stated that livestock judging paid off big because he got to travel away from home to judging contests.
After being graduated from high school in 1941, Ross went on to attend the University of Wisconsin (UW) to study agriculture. After attending the University of Wisconsin, he went on to teach agriculture at Oklahoma State University.
While attending UW he met Shirley Johnson, and they were married on Nov. 3, 1956, in Wisconsin. Working in the agriculture field took Ross and Shirley to many places across the Western United States before settling in Meeker, Colo. They had a son, Cleve Henry, in November of 1957. While in Meeker, Ross worked for the John R. Norton Cattle Co. for many years. Ross and Shirley divorced in 1981, after which Ross moved to Grand Junction, Colo., to be closer to Cleve and his wife, Beth.
After retiring, Ross moved to Delta, where he met Clara, his partner in crime. Clara and Ross went on many adventures traveling across the state and being there for each other through hard times. In 2000, Ross moved back to Grand Junction to be closer to his granddaughters, Courtney and Alyssa. Ross loved going to soccer games, the Mesa County Fair and horse shows to watch the girls compete.
Ross is survived by: his son, Cleve, and his wife Beth (who in Ross’s words liked “real well”); as well as his two granddaughters Courtney and Alyssa. Right before Ross passed away, he was asked what was the greatest thing he had ever done. Ross said, “…Live.”
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on April 5, 2016, at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction, Colo.