Fred H. Guire


Frederick Hugh Guire was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Alma to Ralph Frederick and Mavis Irene Guire. When Fred was a young boy, his family moved to Steamboat Springs. He spent his childhood on Copper Glow ranch just off Elk River Road.

Fred loved wrestling and in 1958 and 1959 he was state champion, his trophies still remain at Steamboat Springs High School. Through this wrestling he received a scholarship and went on to study at both Gunnison and Mesa State. Because funds had run out, Fred never finished this part of his education. He came back to Steamboat Springs and went to work.

After graduating, Fred spent time in the armed forces, helped pave the road through Rabbit Ears Pass, then settled down to spend 32.5 years with Seneca Coal mine.

In 1972, Fred graduated with a degree in building construction and in 1974 he received a diploma in interior decorating. Yet, with these degrees he still found that life running big equipment at the mine was his livelihood.

Evenings and weekends were spent playing at home with his beautiful wife, Barbara Jean, and his wonderful children. One of the memories the family shares is the joy of music that was always in the home, for Fred was an avid musician and enjoyed learning to play new instruments.

Fred married Barbara Jean March 25, 1976.

Fred raised six children: Lisa Renee, Christina Marie, Hallenda Rena, Ronald Owen, Richard Patrick and Frederick Scott.

Although he had many accomplishments his greatest pride was in his children.

Fred is preceded in death by his grandparents; his sister Selma Lee; his brother Frank; his father Ralph; and a nephew, Robert.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children; his mother Mavis, his brothers Dwayne and Cory; his sister Rhoda; and 12 grandchildren.

At Fred's request, he was cremated and services were held on May 6, 2002. A memorial fund has been set up at Vectra Bank Colorado under the name Fred Guire Memorial Fund.


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