Joseph Frank "Joe" Gecho
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July 14, 1941 ˜ January 31, 2021
“The Nicest Man You Will Ever Know”

Joseph Frank Gecho was born and raised on The Gecho Angus Ranch in Cameron, MT. He embraced and valued his life on the ranch, particularly the process of swathing and bailing the many sprawling acres of hay within the beautiful land of the ranch.
His life journey, succeeding his life on the family ranch, afforded him a degree in Accounting and led him to the Pacific Northwest, where he would later call home for nearly 60 years. Joe’s 40+ year endeavors as a Sales Manager for Armour Food Company catalyst his solid foundation as an independent owner and a successful Food Broker throughout his career and until retirement.
While Montana was always in his heart, Joe ultimately retired in the warm southwestern state of Arizona. He enjoyed the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, with its amazing sunrises and sunsets, and always the cherished time with family. He enjoyed working on projects with his grandson Joey and driving his jeep in the hills. He loved to make family and friends his signature margarita accompanied along with Andrea’s fish tacos. Joe was effortless in his generosity and was always loving and welcoming to all who procured his heartfelt endearment. He loved boating with his wife, children, and grandchildren, traveling, and special family trips to Hawaii with the peace of its oceans, sand, and sun in his face.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Andrea Gecho; daughters, Jennifer and Stacy; sons, Greg and Peter; grandsons, Joseph (Joey), Desmond (D.J), Samuel, and Maxwell; granddaughter, Chloe; and two great-granddaughters, Evelyn and Charlie. He is also survived by his beloved brother, John Gecho, of Cameron. He will be missed by his sister-in-laws, Lonnell (Richard) and Sherry (Eldon); and brother-in-law, Mark (Carolyn); and many nieces and nephews he loved as well.
Joe was proceeded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alice Gecho of Cameron; and granddaughters, Madison Jo Gecho and Erica Lee Kesling.
Joe will be missed by family and so many friends who will forever remember “The Gentle Giant”, with his deep heartfelt laugh, and a contagious twinkle in his eyes.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 28, 2021.
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March 31, 2021
Joe was indeed the "nicest guy". My fondness memory of Joe is that he loved Patsy Cline and played "Crazy" non-stop to Bend. My son Justin (the only passenger) was laughing all the way and was happy to get to Sunriver, OR. He said that was "a loooong drive"! That was such a great weekend! Miss you Joe! Many Hugs and kisses to Andrea, Jennifer and Joey.
Dixie Fuller
Dixie A. Fuller
March 28, 2021
Hello andrea and family,i am so sorry read about joe's passing .some of my fondest memories are of sharing the lives,,ideas and dreams with many wonderful families.the homes i built with you and joe are at the top of the list.many special memories,including mentoring peter in the const. trade.very proud of him,he has gone on to great things. .you are in my thoughts and prayers.
if you get to vanc. to visit peter,give me a call,i would to visit
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March 28, 2021
Dearest Andrea, The most perfect caption to honor Joe. Kevin and I have often said those same words, and Joe was the nicest man you will ever know. We are praying for you and love you so much.
Kevin and Kristi Kotrous
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