Fred Trouth of Craig died Dec. 16, 2005. He was 78.
Trouth was born June 27, 1927, in Chicago, to Fred E. and Mary Floy Trouth, the third of three children.
Trouth moved to the Great Divide near Craig when he was 2 years old. He completed his early education at a country school, to which he rode by horseback. A part of his childhood was spent in Baggs, Wyo., while his father recovered from Rocky Mountain Tick Fever.
Trouth graduated from Craig High School, where he played football and competed in track. After graduation, he joined the Merchant Marines, traveling to the Panama Canal, Calif., and almost to Australia and then to New Orleans because of ship trouble. With the Army, he was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, testing equipment at 70-below-zero temperatures.
Trouth married Phyllis Ann Christensen on Feb. 14, 1951, and they were happily married for 52 years. They lovingly raised three children and one grandchild.
Trouth worked with his father in construction, owned Trouth Construction, worked with many as partners and worked for Bob Quillen. Trouth volunteered as an ambulance driver and firefighter for more than 20 years. He led the maintenance of Moffat County Schools for 10 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the VFW. He was a Scout Master, loved to golf, be with his friends, travel, gamble, complete puzzles and much more. Trouth portrayed love, strength even in weakness, good humor, kindness and generosity of spirit.
He is survived by daughters, Pam (Ken) Brenner of Steamboat Springs and Linda (Lonnie) Redmon of Craig; grandchildren Todd (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.
Trouth was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and their son, Steve; grandchild, Jaidyn; sister, Winterfred; brother, Eugene; and great- nephew, Kyle Mather.
Services were held Dec. 20, 2005, at Grant Mortuary with Mervin Johnson officiating. The organist was Anne Carr, and the soloist was Brenda Knob.
The opening prayer was given by Lewis Livingston. The opening hymn was “Onward Christian Soldiers.” The eulogy was given by Pam Brenner. Hymnals included “In The Mood,” by Kenyon Brenner, “Nearer My God To Thee,” and “Beyond The Sunset.” Scripture and a message were read by Mervin Johnson. The closing prayer was given by Sister Faith Hansen.
Pallbearers were Todd Trouth, Lonnie Redmon, Ken Brenner, Daniel Brenner, Jacob Brenner, Kenyon Brenner and Christopher Redmon.
Honorary pallbearers were Ken Okes, Gale Norman, Loyd DeuPree, Ken Mather, Richard Mann, John Peroulis (In Memory), and “All Fred’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.”
The casket coach was given by Craig Rural Fire Department Engine No. 4. Entombment was at Craig Mausoleum. Military Honors were given by VFW Post No. 4265.
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