Gilbert C. Breeding
1935 - 2021
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Gilbert Clifford Breeding, age 85 of Finksburg, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Carroll Hospice Dove House in Westminster. Born August 16, 1935, he was the son of the late William Alfred and Mary Anne Ackman Breeding. He was the husband of Janet German Breeding of Finksburg, his wife of 59 years. Gilbert was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had been a forest ranger with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and a farmer for many years. He was an avid rodeo horseman and enjoyed entering the jousting competitions at Deer Park United Methodist Church picnics. He was awarded the Conservation Educator of the Year award with the Maryland Wildlife Federation in 1973 and was a 2020 inductee to the Carroll County Department of Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame. Surviving in addition to his wife are daughter Linda T. Bell of Sparrows Point, and brothers Robert Breeding of Sykesville, and Paul Breeding of Broomfield, CO. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Rd., Sykesville. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Finksburg. Masks, social distancing, and a total limit of 50 people will be required at the funeral home. A livestream of the funeral service will be available starting 10am on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at www.haightfuneralhome.com. Once you are at the website, click on his obituary and a video will appear there. If you are unable to log on at that time the video will be available to watch at his tribute wall at anytime. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 27, 2021.
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March 19, 2021
Janet, Linda, Bob, Paul and Families,
So sorry to hear about Gilbert. Know that your being thought of. May the many memories bring you comfort.
Patti & Craig
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March 2, 2021
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Kirk Robertson and Family
March 1, 2021
Gil was a good friend. He could be counted on to keep our Forestry training meetings from being boring.
He loved practical jokes, especially if they involved a supervisor.
Rest in peace, Gil.
Clifford England
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February 28, 2021
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February 28, 2021
Rest in peace, old friend. My memories of riding and horses warm my heart.
Carole Grimsley
Friend
February 27, 2021
We met Gil Breeding more than a quarter century ago on a ranch in Wyoming where he and a Maryland friend and their horses were helping move cattle. We happened to be helping the same rancher that day. Unpredictable weather turned it into a very long, cold, miserable day as a heavy rain moved in right after daylight. Accompanied by wind, that cold drizzle continued all day, turning the gumbo soil into a bog that slowed the herd's progress and kept us all drenched to the hide (even with slickers and chaps) and half frozen until reaching our destination after sundown. This "easterner" we had just met persevered through it all without weakening, earning Wyoming cowboy's respect. Getting to know Gil over these many years we found a man of great humor, deep integrity, wisdom, kindness and generosity. Over the years we enjoyed many events and activities together from Wyoming to Texas to Maryland, where Gil's hospitality and pride in his beautiful, historic home area made everything we did together very special. He was a great American, hardworking, honest, diligent, and ever seeking a way to help someone else. I thank God for giving me the privilege of knowing Gil and Janet, who hosted us and proudly showed us their beautiful, historic region when we visited there. He was one of a kind, and will never be forgotten. This photo shows Gil, on his own horse which he hauled clear to Wyoming, helping move a beef herd on the Wyoming prairie when he was around 80 years of age. Ride on, cowboy Gil!!
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns
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February 27, 2021
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February 27, 2021
My first reaction was NO! Gil was larger than life. He gave us so many happy memories. When he had a trail ride it was always geared to the weakest rider, and he made sure everyone had a good time. We were lucky enough to be included in his many weekends at Fairfield, and Jason finally grew old enough to go over the "dreaded Cliff jump". I was just looking at the picture of Jason on Grey Lady and Mrs. German on Nugget. He believed in having fun, but being safe. He is mentioned in a book, written by a local author, when she moved near him. He helped her find a reliable plumber I believe. The moonlight ride we went on at the farm was memorable. The moon didn't rise early, so we put Nugget, a light palomino at one end of the long line of riders, and another light horse at the other end. Somewhere near the reservoir, either a beaver or a bear send the line scattering in all directions. Jason was on that ride, and Janet was too, only she was ailing with undiagnosed chronic appendicitis. Her horse Jay, usually bouncy, was the most calm and quiet horse on the ride that night. So many memories!! Wagon trains, a dark bay named David, picnics at the point, too many for here. Janet our deepest sympathies, Gil you were adored by your mother in law, and all the rest of us, and you will be missed. Sincerely Chrissie, Doug and Jason Garver
Chrissie Garver
Friend
February 27, 2021
If you look up "ornery" there's a picture of Gil. This Old School man was one of my trainers in 1979 when there were few women in forestry. I worked with Gil my first 7 years & even now, retired, I still use knowledge gleaned from him. He was a perfect combination of common sense & nonsense. Wonderful if you were his co-worker, not so much if you were his supervisor. I'm grateful for his friendship & many great adventures & memories. He will be missed.
Beth Sanders
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