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Gerald Ray Springsguth
Gerald Ray Springsguth, 77, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022 in Rawlins, Wyoming.
Gerald Ray Springsguth known as Jerry was born on February 26, 1945 in Manitou Springs, CO, to parents Raymond and Zelma Springsguth.
In Jerrys teenage years into his early twenties, he worked at a tree and plant nursery, harvesting trees, and landscaping yards. From there he worked at ranching. At age 28 he moved to Rock Springs, WY and went to work at the startup of Bridger Coal as the #11 employee to be hired. At 29 he went into their 4 year electrical apprentice program for Industrial Mine Maintenance Jerry also worked in Gillette, WY, at Black Butte, Jacob Ranch, and Buckskin and Caballo mine startups, all coal mines. In the 80's he went back to Colorado Springs starting his own business. He returned to Rock Spring, WY in 1985 working for Eickhoff a Company out of Germany as a field engineer supporting the startup of the Longwall an underground mining machine at FMC a Trona Mine.
In 1992 he met and married Diana Christensen, they spent 30 years together. Jerry loved his five new brothers, Rod, Allan, Ronnie, Johnny, And Joey Christensen and new sister Jan Richmond. He loved going to the huge family reunions at the Christensen's Grandparents home east of Cheyenne. Jerry had Three sons by a previous marriage, Cody Ray, Shawn David, and Troy who is now deceased. He also had three nephews he was very close to, Lee, Toby and Brian Gann. They moved to Spring Creek, NV, in 1996 where he would retire from working at Cortez Gold Mine. Jerry and his wife retired in 2004 in Hanna, WY, where they enjoyed many years together.
There will be a celebration of Jerry's life on June 18, 2022 at 1:00pm at the Catholic Church in Hanna, WY. Contact Jan Richmond at 1-307-679-1845 for information to attend.
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Allan & Sylvia Parvin Jun 19 2022 6:22 PM
I worked with Jerry at Cortez Gold he was an inspiration to all he worked around a truly special friend whom I will truly miss .
Gyle L Dolney Jun 15 2022 10:25 PM
I worked with Jerry when I was a young project engineer with Eickhoff back in the early 1980's. He and I were tasked with installing the longwall shearing machine at FMC's Green River operations. The project was very high profile for the company and of course it had its challenges. As a kid from Pittsburgh, PA, moving to Rock Springs was a major cultural shock. Everything I knew about the west came from TV...and what Jerry explained to me. I quickly learned not to make jokes about cowboy boots one night in a bar. Thankfully Jerry was there to bail me out. During my time in Wyoming, the project we worked on had its moments. Jerry was the one who kept me sane during the bad times. I always remember him saying we had to be "double tough" to deal with drama. Over the years, I used that mindset many times and eventually passed that saying on to my kids. I always told him he as a good guy, just a little rough around the edges. And of course, he'd laugh and say that's what made him who he was. He was always quick with a joke, hardworking, and willing to listen when others wouldn't. I enjoyed my time in Wyoming and my interaction with Jerry. Sadly, we lost contact when I left the company in 1988. A mutual friend passed on the news of his passing...so I wanted to reach out and convey my respect. He was a good man and a person I'm proud to say was my friend.
William Wolf Jun 2 2022 9:28 AM