Lifetime Colorado resident Gilbert Cox died Jan. 20, 2016, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 86.
He was born in Denver March 1, 1929, and grew up in Elbert.
He worked on ranches and spent some time breaking horses for riding, including 14 horses broken to be polo horses for Walt Disney.
Mr. Cox was a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association and rode bareback horses, broncs and bulls. He worked the rodeo circuit off and on before and after serving in the Korean War.
He married Rose Cox in 1954. They lived in Denver for 20 years where he laid tile and started a hay business. He built their homes in Arvada and on a ranch on Corral Creek near Parshall. They lived on the ranch for 32 years before moving to Cedaredge in 2003.
Mr. Cox ranched and later helped his son Arlo in the gravel business.
He enjoyed leather crafting, scroll saw designs and rope work, creating three-dimensional plaques, pictures and designs. The Coxes traveled to craft shows in the winter, selling Mr. Cox's artwork. They attended cowboy poetry, and enjoyed dancing and visits with family and friends.
In April 2006, Mr. Cox had a four-wheeler accident and sustained a head injury. Though he had short-term memory problems and could no longer drive, the Coxes made several trips in their trailer to Canada, Montana, Texas and Iowa.
Mr. Cox is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose; his son, Arlo (Susan) Cox of Cedaredge; his daughters, Linda (Brian) Clancy of Denver, Cindy Wolfe of Cedardge and Diana Collins of Garwin, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.