He would wait. He would wait for the horse to feel him and they would become one.
Stephen J. “Gramps” Gumb, of Jerome died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Jerome. He was doing what he loved…he was in the saddle.
Steve was born to Bill and Darlene (Hughes) Gumb in Burwell, Nebraska on April 4, 1951. At age 16 he moved with his family to Broadus, Montana. Steve married Geraldine Gali on August 11, 1969 in Broadus. While living in Broadus, Steve and Geri had three children. They moved to Nebraska for a brief time and had two more children. Steve moved back to Montana and worked on the family ranch for the next ten years. The years following, Steve worked on ranches throughout Montana, Idaho, and Nevada.
In August of 1988, the nickname “Gramps” came to be when his first granddaughter was born; at the ripe age of 36.
Steve and Geri were divorced in 2009.
On May 6, 2009, Steve married Vickie Ann Nelson.
Steve had a big heart and a gentle soul. He loved his family and especially babies (and not just humans, he loved all babies). He didn’t know a stranger. When he would greet you his hand was out, his head held high, and a smile was on his face. Whether you just met him or knew him for years, you could bet you were going to get a nickname or two. He never failed to offer a helping hand and his home was always open. He was a teacher to many.
Steve is survived by his wife Vickie; parents, Bill and Darlene; brother, Billie (Debbie); sisters, Diane (Karl), Mona (Neil); and children, Stephenie, Tyler (Christie), Michelle (Jeff), Dustin (Angie), Friday (Paul), Shellie (Ryan), Josh (Ali), and Jason. He is also survived by twenty-two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as countless nieces and nephews and “adopted” family members.
Steve was loved by many and will be forgotten by none.
A Celebration of Steve's Life will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Glenns Ferry VFW Hall, 132 E 5th Ave, Glenns Ferry, Idaho 83623. Services are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary, Jerome.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital at stjude.org.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Steve's memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.