Joseph W. Gehrig was born on December 30, 1963 in Denver, Colorado to Robert and Donna Gehrig, as a last-minute birthday gift to his grandmother Pauline. He started life in Commerce City next to the Rainbow Bread Factory. In 1967 his family moved to the town of Lochbuie, Colorado to settle down, where he resided for the rest of his life.
He attended Hudson Elementary and Weld Central for Junior and Senior high school. He pursued his passion in photography and history while attending college for a couple semesters. He had a long line of work history but always remained a trusting and loyal employee wherever he worked. Starting at Burger King he was known as the “Captain Fry Man” to Payless Cash Ways, Wheelers which became Country General, to Sears Holding at Kmart distribution center. He had to take an early medical retirement due to health issues.
Joseph was a hardworking man but took the time out of his busy work schedule for family and friends. He loved going to movies, out shooting and hanging out shooting the breeze. He always had an appetite for good food. Family events often got him out and about to spend time with his ever-growing family and even became quite fond of all his great-nieces and nephews. He had a special bond with all of his family. David, who found the same interest in movies, games and music where they were able to attend a few concerts together. They were also able to go one a few one of a kind trips with their father together before he passed. Sara, the family mechanic who kept all of his trucks in running and working order. Jennifer (Fred), his personal shopper, care taker and runner, who would do all of this at the drop of a dime. Liz, who helped with yard work and house cleaning. Dustin and the Double-D team (David and Dave), the handy-men that would keep his house running. His great nephew Damian who shared a deep passion of firearms and history, would often be found together attending gun shows or just hanging out at the house. With all other great nieces and nephews, they became his little helpers. From feeding fish, cats or taking him dinner, he would always be sure to let them know how thankful he was for their help. Joe, who would often joke around and say, “That when it is my time to go, my cats would have plenty to eat.” He considered his cats past and present kids.
He is survived by his sister Lori Lea (Dave “Red”) Skretta, brother David Gehrig, nephew Dustin (Jen) Skretta, nieces Elizabeth (Ramon) Perez, Jennifer (Angel) Gallegos, Sara (Matt) Roller, and his 12 great nieces and nephews.