“Bun” Loren Ross Gelwick age 80, of Mt. Shasta, CA, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California.
Bun was born in Artesia, NM on September 17, 1935 to Loren “Shorty” Dewitt Gelwick and Vera Evalena “Lena” Drennan. In 1941, Lena passed away and his father remarried Dorothy Shelton Bogart who raised Bun and his siblings, Mary Edith “Big Sissy” Frazier of Perris, CA, Joye Evalena Dilts of Cincinnati, OH and Herbert Neal Gelwick of Sunnyvalley, OR as her own. At this time he was blessed with an additional four siblings, William Bogart Jr. (deceased), Wand Vaughn (deceased), Joe Bogart (deceased), and Rachel Spinks of Redding, CA.
Bun proudly played football (#37) for the Artesia Bulldogs in high school starting in 1950 until he graduated in 1954. He joined the National Guard in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1967. He was a member of the Dirt Dobbers Drag Racing Club in Carlsbad, NM 1954-1957, and won multiple trophies in his 1955 Chevrolet. He also loved to fish, hunt and any other outdoor activities.
He met the love of his life Dorotha Dell “Dot” Cain in August 1956 and they were secretly married January 9, 1958 in Juarez, Mexico and then legally married in Artesia, NM, April 4, 1958 and had four children; Lorie Dell Gelwick (Tuter), Loren DeWayne Gelwick, Lucretia “Bunny” DeAnn Gelwick and Lena DiAnn Gelwick (Oliver). Eight grandchildren; Kristyn Tuter (Haynes), Kyle Tuter, Tosha Gelwick (Williams), Victoria Gelwick (Jordan), Loren “Shorty” Gelwick, Justin Oliver, ShiAnn Oliver and Seth Huffman. And thirteen great-grandchildren.
Bun and Dot moved to Mt. Shasta in 1968, following his family and a job at Rodley Motors. In the 70’s he owned and operated the Shell gas station on South Mt. Shasta Blvd. until he sold it and joined the Operating Engineers Union in 1976 and did construction work until he retired in 1997.
He enjoyed being social with anyone who would stop and talk to him. His favorite places to hang out were his morning coffee spot with the other retirees at Burger King which he called “The Liars Club” and Bun was well known as “The Truth Teller” at the Wellness Center, Napa, Ace Hardware, Mt. Shasta Tire and Ray’s. He would spend his days with his dogs, Molly and Suzzey and take them to visit everywhere they were welcome. He enjoyed gardening, creating and building things with wood and metal, and was an expert mechanic and welder. He had a true spirit of giving and anyone that needed help, he would make himself available to them. He was very family oriented, his world revolved around his kids, but even more so his grandkids and great grandkids. He looked forward to any family gatherings, and always had an open door policy.
He will always be remembered by his cheerful, infectious laughter, big heart, twinkle in his eye and the mischievous way he was always trying to play a joke on everyone.
A celebration of Bun’s life will be held in the spring.