Fred Trouth, 1927-2005

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Craig resident Fred Trouth died Dec. 16, 2005. He was 78.

Fred was born June 27, 1927, in Chicago to Fred E. and Mary Floy Trouth. He was the third of three children.

Fred moved to the Great Divide near Craig when he was 2 years old. He completed his early education at a country school, which he rode to by horseback. He spent a part of his childhood in Baggs, Wyo., while his father recovered from Rocky Mountain tick fever.

Fred graduated from Craig High School, where he played football and competed in track.

After graduation, Fred joined the U.S. Merchant Marines, traveling to the Panama Canal, California, almost to Australia and then back to New Orleans because of ship trouble.

With the Army, he was stationed in Fairbanks, Ala., where he tested equipment in 70-degree-below-zero weather.

Fred married Phyllis Ann Christensen on Feb. 14, 1951, and they were happily married for 52 years. Phyllis and Fred lovingly raised three children and one grandchild. Fred worked with his father in construction, owned Trouth Construction, worked as a business partner and worked for Bob Quillen.

Fred volunteered as an ambulance driver and firefighter for more than 20 years. He was in charge of the maintenance of the Moffat County Schools for 10 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a scout master and loved to golf, be with his friends, travel, gamble, complete puzzles and much more.

Fred portrayed love, strength even in weakness, good humor, kindness and generosity of spirit.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; their son, Steve; grandchild, Jaidyn; sister, Winterfred; brother, Eugene; and great nephew, Kyle Mather.

He is survived by his daughters, Pam and her husband Ken Brenner of Steamboat Springs, and Linda and her husband Lonnie Redmon of Craig; grandchildren Todd and his wife Ruthie Trouth of Denver, Daniel Brenner, Kenyon Brenner, Jacob Brenner, Chandrean Kent and Christopher Redmon; great-grandchildren Jagger, Nealy, Jasmyn, Chance, Anthony, Jordan and Angelo; niece and nephew, Betty Jean and Ben Mather, and their children Marla and Brian.

Services were held Dec. 20, 2005, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Mervin Johnson officiating.

The casket coach was given by Craig Rural Fire Department Engine No. 4.

Entombment was at Craig Mausoleum.

Military Honors were given by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

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