Richard J. Gabel (1939 - 2018)

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Richard J. Gabel, 78, of Firestone, died Feb. 6 in Greeley. He was born in Fort Lupton Sept. 26, 1939, to Gotlieb and Pauline (Meier) Gabel.
He graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 1957 and attended Regis University for two years. He married Cammie King May 31, 1959. in Fort Lupton.
Richard worked as a technician for Kodak and was a volunteer for the Fort Lupton Fire Department for more than 20 years. He was also a past fire chief, a past Fort Lupton city council member, an independent real-estate salesman for J.L. Sears in Ft. Lupton and a United Power Board member.
Richard was an avid fisherman, golfer, skier, motorcyclist and enjoyed the outdoors greatly. He enjoyed taking vacations and made sure his family enjoyed and shared their experiences along the way. He was always busy with his kids and supported them through all sports and activities, including working with their booster clubs as an avid enthusiast.
Survivors include his wife, of Firestone; sons, Rick (Jackie) Gabel, of Frederick, and Randy Gable, of Fort Lupton; daughters, Shelley (Lyle) Ravenkamp, of Hugo, RaJean (Phil) Tiffany, of Fort Lupton; a brother, Leroy Gabel of Colorado Springs; sisters, Jaeanne Brokaw, of Aptos, California, Shirley Bell, of Fort Lupton, Patty Glynn, of Brighton, and Maxine Hilderbrand of Albuquerque; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was Feb. 13 at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, which handled the arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made in Richard's name to Tru Hospice of Northern Colorado, 2726 W. 11th St. Road, Greeley 80634.
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Tabor Rice Funeral Home
75 S. 13th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
(303) 654-0112
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Published in Fort Lupton Press on Feb. 14, 2018
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