Jo Gore, a native of Delta County, has been named the parade grand marshal.
Jo was born to Floyd and Dora Klepper on May 26, 1921, and was raised on the family farm on California Mesa.
Her parents went into the cattle business and her father often represented the cattlemen in Washington, D.C. while serving as president of the state cattlemen from 1952-1953.
Jo married Wayne Gore and they continued the cattle business. Wayne served as Delta County Commissioner for 20 years. He died in 1980.
Jo and Wayne have two sons, Tom, who became a well-known veterinarian in Delta and went on to become the federal meat inspector in Norfolk, Neb. Richard is a fourth-generation cattle rancher with holdings near Delta and on the Uncompahgre Plateau.
Jo has been a devoted member of the Delta Cattlewomen, serving as president for many years. She recently said that if she had to be president, vice president, secretary and treasurer she would, to keep them going. For many years Jo was legislative chairman for Delta Cattlewomen, Western Colorado Cattlewomen Council and Colorado Cattlewomen. She helped reorganize the Delta County Livestock Association and served as its first secretary/treasurer. She worked with that association to start Crime Stoppers and served as their first secretary. For many years Jo was Colorado Cattlewomen budget chairman. She then began going through all the offices, serving as treasurer, vice president and two terms as president in 1972 and 1973. In 2001 she was given the Black Mesa Cattlewomen Lifetime Service Award in recognition of her work in the livestock industry. She also received the Colorado Cattlewomen's Lifetime Membership Award.
Jo still lives on the place she and Wayne bought in 1945. Tom and his wife have moved back and are building a home on the property. Jo still helps Richard with the cattle business and is still very active in the cattle industry.
Jo used to take tickets at the Delta County Livestock Association's annual barbecue at the fair until her health wouldn't allow it. After many years of treatment for lymphoma, Jo is now cancer free and still a spunky lady.blog comments powered by Disqus