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12/12/2017 - Charles (Chuck) Gering

A celebration of life for Charles Marshall (Chuck) Gering, age 70, of Torrington, WY will be at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington, WY, followed by a reception at the American Legion.
 
A memorial service will be on Saturday, December 23, 2017 in Hay Springs, NE where he will be laid to rest.  
 
A memorial has been established, and donations can be made to the Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter or the American Legion Post #5, both in Torrington.
 
Charles passed away on December 5, 2017 at his home in Torrington, WY.
 
Chuck was born on June 2, 1947 in Scottsbluff, NE. He was the first of nine children born to Dale and Patricia (Dayton) Gering of Gering, NE.
 
His first two years were spent on the farm in Gering, where his dad helped his grandfather, Charles Gering, with the farming.
 
He moved with his parents and younger sister to a farm on Mirage Flats in 1949. He spent his formative years on the farm, attending District 30 School from first through eighth grade, playing baseball on a team coached by his dad and helping on the farm. After graduating from Hay Springs High School in 1965, he joined the Navy and served his country for four years. He was married to Judith Terrell (Swan) from 1967 until 1976 during which time four daughters were born, Heidi, Heather, Holly and Hope.
 
Chuck worked for the Veterans Administration in Gering after being discharged from the Navy. He was active in the American Legion and served as Post Commander in Gering in 1972. He started his career with the telephone company in 1973, and after several out-of-state transfers, he moved his family to Torrington, WY and worked for the phone company until his retirement in 2014. He enjoyed his career as a cable splicer and was a valuable and dedicated worker.
 
He was married to Lani Kroenlein of Torrington from 1977 until 1992. In 2012, he met Karen (Kilgore) Murphy and found that they had many common interests. He and Karen were married on December 13, 2014. Chuck and Karen took great pride in their yard and the beautiful flowers they raised. 
 
Chuck loved to play cards and socialize with his friends at the Highway Bar. He was an active member of the American Legion, Moose and Elks Lodge. He enjoyed watching and attending sporting events…especially the Huskers, Broncos and Rockies.
 
Those left to mourn his passing are wife Karen; mother Pat Gering of Hay Springs, NE; sisters Cretia (Dave) Hadley of San Diego, CA, Cinda (Dennis) Koinzan of Stromsburg, NE, and Lori Heiting (Tim) McClaren of Hay Springs, NE; brothers Brad (Debbie) Gering of Alliance, NE, Marc Gering of Chadron, NE, Mike (Jennifer) Gering of Whitney, NE, and Troy (John) Gering of London, England; daughters Heidi Pearson and Holly Danzler of San Diego, CA, Heather Menard of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Hope (Brian) Specht of Hemingford, NE; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; stepchildren Megan (Beau) Rourke of Gillette, WY and Brendan Murphy of Cheyenne, WY; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors; and beloved dogs Puck and Bella.
 
Chuck was preceded in death by grandparents Charles and Pansy Gering and Russell Dayton and Ruth Dayton; father Dale Gering; younger brother Douglas Gering; nieces Nikki and Kami Koinzan; and brother-in-law Tim Heiting.

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