Rodney  Gilbreath
Rodney Gilbreath

July 21, 1929 - March 18, 2018
Born in Garden Grove, California
Resided in Littleton, Colorado
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Rodney Floyd Gilbreath, 88, of Littleton, Colorado, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at his home. He was born in Orange County, California July 21, 1929 to Arthur and Hazel Gilbreath. In 1946, at the age of 17 he sought permission from his parents to serve in the U.S. Navy and was proud to have been an active seaman for four years immediately following WWII. Following his military career he attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at UCLA he was a “walk on” to the football team, and made the team.

After graduating he worked for U.S. Rubber Company, then maker of Keds Shoes. The Company later became more famously known as Uniroyal Tires. In 1965 the company transferred him to Colorado as plant manager, a move that endeared him to this wonderful state. Shortly after Rod joined Gates Rubber Company and was their top engineer for over 40 years. He designed and managed the building of industrial equipment to manufacture large conveyor belts for clients of Gates in over 120 countries. He loved his job, the cultures he encountered and the wonderful people he and Maria met throughout the world. His interest and dedication made him the very best in the world at his profession, and Gates truly appreciated his loyalty and creativity.

Living in Colorado allowed Rod to become an avid outdoorsman who truly loved the Rocky Mountains. For many years every weekend, and on vacations, he and Maria hiked, camped, jeeped, fished and hunted there enjoying the beauty and the fresh air.

Rod is survived by his wife Maria, whom he found while working in Poland, three daughters, Joy Ross (Bill) of Castle Rock, CO, Sandy Gilbreath, PhD from UNC Greeley, CO, and Robin Gilbreath-LaFortuna (Mike) of Littleton, Co. His son Terry predeceased him at a very young age. Rod also is survived by all his grandsons - Tim, Mike, Rick, K.C., and Anthony, several great-grandchildren, and his brother Jim Gilbreath (Kay) of Central Point Oregon.

Rod was always there for anyone in need!

He will be laid to rest on April 13, 2018 at Fort Logan National Cemetery with military honors.

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Graveside Service
Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236
Friday, April 13, 2018
11:15 AM
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