TORRINGTON – Memorial services for Greg Phifer, 68, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds with Pastors Eric Joppa and Tom Walker officiating. A reception will follow there.
Greg, a resident of Torrington and lifelong cattleman, died unexpectedly on Sept. 10, 2018 from complications caused by West Nile Virus. He died at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to SONrise Church (Greg Phifer Memorial Fund) or the Waggin Tails Animal Shelter.
The Colyer Funeral Home assisted the family with the cremation arrangements.
Greg was born Aug. 9, 1950, in Ainsworth, Neb., grew up on a ranch near Mason City, Neb., and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1968. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1972 with a degree in Animal Science. He was a nationally ranked bullrider for the Husker rodeo team and on the Livestock Judging Team. He was also involved with the Nebraska Hereford Association, Boy’s State, 4-H and FFA.
Greg spent his early adult life as a family rancher and later spent many years as a fieldman/cattle-buyer for Cargill Inc. He married Stacia Oberg of Torrington on Sept. 10, 1971. He was an incredible family man, a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was known as Papa to three adoring grandsons. Greg will be forever remembered as hard-working, humble and dependable. He was a true man of faith, living his life as an example and never hesitating to help others.
Greg is survived by his wife Stacia Phifer; daughter Shae Phifer-Andrews and her husband Travis; son Josh Phifer and his wife Kelli; grandsons Camden, Bryce and Lincoln; siblings Bernard Phifer, Sandy Phifer, Marlis Hammond, Marilyn Whitaker, and Kent Phifer; and his many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his son Bo; and his parents Bernard and Menida Phifer.
Greg will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.