Carmen ‘Gene’ Flogaus, 1916 to 2005
Carmen ‘Gene’ Flogaus, a former resident of Gypsum and McCoy, died Monday at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. She was 88.
Flogaus was born in Crane, Mo., on March 28, 1916, the youngest of Laura Anne and Abraham Basley Gooding’s 12 children. Her young life was spent in southwestern Missouri and Clayton, N.M.
As a teenager she worked in resorts at Branson, Mo., where, she later said, she learned the finer points of cooking.
During World War II, Flogaus worked as a “Rosy the Riveter” in Wichita, Kan. After the war she moved to Colorado where her sister, Maud, and brother-in law, Walter Cowen, had homesteaded the Milk Creek Ranch near Wolcott.
She met Robert Flogaus in Glenwood Springs in 1948 and they were married on June 17, 1949. They moved to Lenado, on Woody Creek, where the Flogaus Lumber Company operated.
As a young bride, Flogaus cooked for the timber crew at the top of Larkspur Mountain. In the winter she rode a sled seven miles down to the main camp with her dog, Skidder, and her cat, Tommy.
After her children, Betty and Jay, worn born, Flogaus became a 4-H leader and drove a school bus over long, muddy roads. She hunted and fished and as a lover of the outdoors, educated herself and others on every plant, animal and rock she came upon, friends and family members say.
The Flogaus Lumber Company closed in 1975 and Flogaus and her husband moved to the Pisgah Mountain Ranch at McCoy and raised Black Angus beef. Flogaus became known as a local historian and also studied the genealogy of her family, striking up relationships with numerous nieces and nephews.
The Flogauses moved to Gypsum in 1993. Flogaus lived a long life despite a congenital heart defect, diabetes and numerous other health problems. Friends and family members say she always displayed courage and a positive attitude despite the pain and trouble she went through.
Flogaus was preceded in death by her parents ; sisters Myrtle, Dulce, Maud, Geraldine, Ila and Erma-Lee; and brothers Jay, Michael Doyle, Orba, Richard and Leoford.
Along with her husband, Flogaus is survived by her son, Jay Flogaus and wife Carol of Gypsum; her daughter, Betty Wimmer and husband William of Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.; grandsons Emmett Wimmer, J. Scott, Christopher Flogaus; granddaughter Katherine Banner; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Greta Wimmer.
Funeral Services are at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. 7th St., Glenwood Springs.
Memorials can be made in memory of Carmen Flogaus to The American Diabetes Association by Internet at http://www.diabetes.org, or by mail to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA, 22038-1131.