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Wilbur E. Giem
July 17, 1951 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Wilbur Giem, aged 72, who departed this life on January 18, 2024, in his beloved hometown of Canon City, Colorado. Born on July 17, 1951, Wilbur's journey through life was marked by devotion to his family, his craft, and the simple joys that make life so precious. Wilbur was a man who embodied the essence of family values. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a treasured friend. He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Debbie, and a pillar of strength and guidance to his children Ralph Dean Giem, Justin (Jen) Giem, and Wanda (Jim) Bosse. The memory of Wilbur's warmth and wisdom will live on through his grandchildren, Dean Michael Giem, Jonah Giem, and Jayden O’Dell, and his adored great-granddaughter, Nova Giem. His siblings, Carol (Terry) Seal, Clara Hamby, Doug (Lori) Giem, and Eugene (Dody) Giem, brother-in-law, Jerry (Marie) Jensen, along with many nieces and nephews, will hold dear the memories of Wilbur's quiet strength and the stories that brought laughter and reflection. A proud alumnus of Canon City High School, he followed in his father Ralph's footsteps and honed his skill as a welder. His career at Portec, spanning from the age of 19 until his well-deserved retirement, was a testament to his dedication and a tribute to his father’s legacy and craft. A man of subtle complexity, Wilbur was a quiet soul who spoke volumes through his actions and the tales he shared. Away from the rigors of work, Wilbur's heart was that of an avid auto enthusiast who would never pass up a car show. His cherished 1963 ½ Galaxy was his pride and his joy. Yet, his passion was not confined to the garage. The sports fields where his grandsons displayed their talents in hockey, soccer, baseball, and football were arenas where Wilbur's support and pride shone brightly. Preceding Wilbur in death are his parents Ralph E. and Edna M. Giem, sister Connie (Charlie) Luther, and many extended family members. Wilbur's final arrangements are entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home in Canon City, Colorado, where his life will be honored with the dignity and respect he so richly deserves on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 10:00 am at The Steeple Event Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Canon City High School’s auto shop or welding program. Wilbur's departure leaves a void in the fabric of many lives, but his love, dedication, and gentle spirit will forever be etched in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known him. As we bid farewell to Wilbur, let us find comfort in the shared memories and the enduring impact of his life well-lived. May he rest in peace.