Gerald "Gerry" Edward Greenwood
October 15, 1947 ~ November 6, 2023
Brooklyn, New York
Resided in: Walsenburg, Colorado
Gerald E. Greenwood, “Gerry”, passed away on November 6, 2023, in Pueblo, Colorado following a years-long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
Gerry was born in Brooklyn NY on October 15, 1947, to Robert R. Greenwood, Sr. from Brooklyn, New York, and Roberta Maxine Looney from Chickasha, Oklahoma. His father was career military, and the family was stationed throughout the USA and also had several tours in Germany after World War II. His father retired from the Army to El Paso, Texas, where Gerry spent his high school years. Gerry was a graduate of Andress High School in El Paso, Texas, where he was a star track athlete, with his team winning the Texas State Championship in Austin, Texas. After graduation from high school, he attended Howard State Junior College in Big Spring, Texas on a track scholarship. During the VietNam War, he was drafted and attended Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes Michigan. He was honorably discharged after completing Boot Camp on a medical discharge. Gerry was larger than life and was always there as a friend to help others, from loaning tools or equipment and helping people move and work on their homes. He maintained lifelong friendships, some for many decades. Gerry was an avid outdoorsman for all of his adult life. He loved camping, hiking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, rafting, Mountain biking, and motorcycle riding. Many of his adult years were spent in Northwest Colorado where he was able to enjoy the outdoor activities he loved so well. He also enjoyed listening to music, reading books, and writing Poetry. Over the years, he held a variety of jobs and employment, including construction, laborer, lube mechanic, logging & sawmill operations, and welder. As a certified welder he worked in Dutch Harbor Alaska and at McMurdo Base Antarctica, as well as holding welding jobs at Ski Corp, TIC, and CB Tract in Oil Shale. He worked as a laborer and scaffold builder at Climax Molybdenum doing Hard Rock Mining and Conoco Refinery. Gerry spent time as a CDL Truck Driver and as a Bill Collector for Beneficial Finance. He worked security sometimes at Rock Concerts in Denver in the 1970s. His young adult life was spent in many locations, where he moved seeking new adventures and new experiences. He spent time in British Columbia Canada, Denver Colorado, Meeker Colorado, and Oak Creek Colorado, and finally retired to Walsenburg Colorado. Gerry was active in Routt County Politics and Organizations. He served on Oak Creek Colorado Town Board for several terms, and one term as Mayor of Oak Creek. He was on the Oak Creek Fire Protection Board and instrumental in cleaning up Town Park in Oak Creek after a flood left the Park in ruins. In later years, Gerry achieved 30 years of sobriety and Fellowship. He was a member of the Walsenburg American Legion Post 16 and Routt & Huerfano County Democrats. Gerry leaves behind his loving partner and caregiver Beth Kilmer, his brother Robert Greenwood, Jr and his wife Beth, brother Greg Greenwood, brother John Greenwood, and Sister Robin (Greenwood) Beckler. He is also survived by nephews Chris, Robert, and Marc, and niece Cheryl. He leaves behind a lifetime of dear friends and relatives. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium and Memorial services will be determined at a later date. In honor of Gerry and his love of dogs, please donate to ASPCA, your local Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.