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Raymond Scott Gerlach

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Raymond Scott Gerlach Obituary
Raymond Scott Gerlach, 44, of Sterling, died Wed., May 21, 2014 in a motor vehicle accident outside of Briggsdale. Visitation will be held on Thurs., May 28, 2014 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Chaney-Reager Funeral Home in Sterling with the family in attendance from 4-6 p.m. A Celebration of Life in Mr. Gerlach's honor will be held at 1:30 p.m. Fri., May 30, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 513 N. 7th Ave. in Sterling. Graveside services will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. Memorials in Mr. Gerlach's honor may be sent in care of Boondock's Army Surplus, 324 N. 4th St. In Sterling, Colo. 80751. Raymond "Scott" was born in Grand Junction on Jan. 18, 1970 to Raymond and Janet (Maley) Gerlach and grew up in Cortez. He graduated from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 1988, Northeastern Junior College in 1991 with an Associates in Vocational Agriculture Education and Colorado State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Applied Science - Vocational Agriculture Education. Scott married the love of his life Debbie Lipe on Dec. 27, 1988 in Cortez. They made their home in Sterling where they raised their five children Wayne, Will, Justin, Amber, and Austin. He was a wonderful husband, father and very proud Grandpa to his 2 year old Granddaughter Remington. Mr. Gerlach was a Senior Support Engineer at Sybase, a business software company but he was a movie buff and loved working at the theatre as a "hobby." Scott was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, dedicating many hours to service through his faith. Scott lived and breathed Boy Scouts for over 20 years, as a scout himself and then as a leader. Through scouting he influenced and touched the lives of hundreds in his scouting family. He recently took up marathon running, training daily and proudly completing several marathons since 2012. Continuing his passion for community service, in the past year he joined the Logan County Sheriff 's Posse and also became certified as an EMT. Scott was known for his quick smile, positive attitude, dedicated work ethic and playing hard. He was a patriot, proud American and military supporter. He woke up everyday with a smile and literally 20 hours later when going to sleep he had that same smile. His work ethic and service to his community is un-surpassed. Scott is survived by his wife Debbie, sons Wayne and wife Laci, Granddaughter Remington, Justin, and Austin, daughter Amber all of Sterling, son Will and wife Cait, father Raymond and wife Anna, brother Eric and wife Nena, sister Heidi and husband Mike all of Fort Collins, brother Ken and wife Michelle of Windsor, many nieces, nephews and extended family (Scouting, Theatre, Posse, EMT, LDS Church) and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother Janet Gerlach, grandmothers Lois Gerlach and Joan Maley, grandfather Leo Maley and uncle Denny Gerlach

Published in Journal Advocate on May 27, 2014
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