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Ray Schneider, age 83, of Lamar, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Montgomery City, Mo.

Ray married Lily Mae Pitts on May 8, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was stationed at Camp Carson.

He served during World War II with the 71st Infantry Division of Patton’s Third Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Following his discharge, he moved to Las Animas, Colo., where he and his wife farmed for many years. He was involved in many activities in Bent County, including announcing for local rodeos, square dance caller for 4-H clubs, and assisting high school classes on Santa Fe Trail Day.

He was a member of Young Farmers of America, the Bent County Roping Club, and won various awards for his service as a 4-H leader. He was also an FFA Chapter Farmer.

In 1960, Ray became a Colorado Brand Inspector, working out of the LaJunta area. He moved to Lamar in 1969 as Brand Inspector Foreman, retiring in 1980. Following retirement, he and Lil spent their summers fishing and camping in the mountains near Creede, and their winters near Bullhead City, Ariz., Laughlin and Searchlight, Nev., with their many RV friends.

Ray loved animals, his favorite being his horse Snip, and favorite dogs Buddy and Kizzie. He was a calf roper in his earlier days, switching to team roping later on. He loved to fish. He was a woodworker and handyman. He made models of windmills and old wagons, which he shared with others.He loved hunting, shooting and playing cards with friends.

Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lily Mae, whom he affectionately called “Butch;” three children: daughter Barbara “Bobbie” Rains and Galen Sears of LaJunta, Colo., and sons Jim Schneider of Conifer, Colo., and Rick Schneider and wife Sue of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren Bill Rains and wife Kathy of Gill, Colo., Tessa Rains and Kyle Yaste of Evans, Colo., Abby Schneider of Durango, Colo., and Cara Schneider and Ed Dean of Everett, Washington; five great-grandchildren: Sid Jackson, R.C. Jackson, Dalton Yaste, Madeline Mae Dean, and a step-great-granddaughter, Kialie Yaste. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Vivian Pitts of Las Animas and family; brothers Richard Schneider and Russell Schneider of Jonesboro, Ark., and extended family.

Services were held on Nov. 14 in Las Animas, with interment at Fort Lyon National Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #2411.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lamar Area Hospice Association, Lamar, Colo.

Ray Schneider, age 83, of Lamar, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Montgomery City, Mo.

Ray married Lily Mae Pitts on May 8, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was stationed at Camp Carson.

He served during World War II with the 71st Infantry Division of Patton’s Third Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Following his discharge, he moved to Las Animas, Colo., where he and his wife farmed for many years. He was involved in many activities in Bent County, including announcing for local rodeos, square dance caller for 4-H clubs, and assisting high school classes on Santa Fe Trail Day.

He was a member of Young Farmers of America, the Bent County Roping Club, and won various awards for his service as a 4-H leader. He was also an FFA Chapter Farmer.

In 1960, Ray became a Colorado Brand Inspector, working out of the LaJunta area. He moved to Lamar in 1969 as Brand Inspector Foreman, retiring in 1980. Following retirement, he and Lil spent their summers fishing and camping in the mountains near Creede, and their winters near Bullhead City, Ariz., Laughlin and Searchlight, Nev., with their many RV friends.

Ray loved animals, his favorite being his horse Snip, and favorite dogs Buddy and Kizzie. He was a calf roper in his earlier days, switching to team roping later on. He loved to fish. He was a woodworker and handyman. He made models of windmills and old wagons, which he shared with others.He loved hunting, shooting and playing cards with friends.

Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lily Mae, whom he affectionately called “Butch;” three children: daughter Barbara “Bobbie” Rains and Galen Sears of LaJunta, Colo., and sons Jim Schneider of Conifer, Colo., and Rick Schneider and wife Sue of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren Bill Rains and wife Kathy of Gill, Colo., Tessa Rains and Kyle Yaste of Evans, Colo., Abby Schneider of Durango, Colo., and Cara Schneider and Ed Dean of Everett, Washington; five great-grandchildren: Sid Jackson, R.C. Jackson, Dalton Yaste, Madeline Mae Dean, and a step-great-granddaughter, Kialie Yaste. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Vivian Pitts of Las Animas and family; brothers Richard Schneider and Russell Schneider of Jonesboro, Ark., and extended family.

Services were held on Nov. 14 in Las Animas, with interment at Fort Lyon National Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #2411.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lamar Area Hospice Association, Lamar, Colo.

Ray Schneider, age 83, of Lamar, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Montgomery City, Mo.

Ray married Lily Mae Pitts on May 8, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was stationed at Camp Carson.

He served during World War II with the 71st Infantry Division of Patton’s Third Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Following his discharge, he moved to Las Animas, Colo., where he and his wife farmed for many years. He was involved in many activities in Bent County, including announcing for local rodeos, square dance caller for 4-H clubs, and assisting high school classes on Santa Fe Trail Day.

He was a member of Young Farmers of America, the Bent County Roping Club, and won various awards for his service as a 4-H leader. He was also an FFA Chapter Farmer.

In 1960, Ray became a Colorado Brand Inspector, working out of the LaJunta area. He moved to Lamar in 1969 as Brand Inspector Foreman, retiring in 1980. Following retirement, he and Lil spent their summers fishing and camping in the mountains near Creede, and their winters near Bullhead City, Ariz., Laughlin and Searchlight, Nev., with their many RV friends.

Ray loved animals, his favorite being his horse Snip, and favorite dogs Buddy and Kizzie. He was a calf roper in his earlier days, switching to team roping later on. He loved to fish. He was a woodworker and handyman. He made models of windmills and old wagons, which he shared with others.He loved hunting, shooting and playing cards with friends.

Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lily Mae, whom he affectionately called “Butch;” three children: daughter Barbara “Bobbie” Rains and Galen Sears of LaJunta, Colo., and sons Jim Schneider of Conifer, Colo., and Rick Schneider and wife Sue of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren Bill Rains and wife Kathy of Gill, Colo., Tessa Rains and Kyle Yaste of Evans, Colo., Abby Schneider of Durango, Colo., and Cara Schneider and Ed Dean of Everett, Washington; five great-grandchildren: Sid Jackson, R.C. Jackson, Dalton Yaste, Madeline Mae Dean, and a step-great-granddaughter, Kialie Yaste. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Vivian Pitts of Las Animas and family; brothers Richard Schneider and Russell Schneider of Jonesboro, Ark., and extended family.

Services were held on Nov. 14 in Las Animas, with interment at Fort Lyon National Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #2411.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lamar Area Hospice Association, Lamar, Colo.

Ray Schneider, age 83, of Lamar, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Montgomery City, Mo.

Ray married Lily Mae Pitts on May 8, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was stationed at Camp Carson.

He served during World War II with the 71st Infantry Division of Patton’s Third Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Following his discharge, he moved to Las Animas, Colo., where he and his wife farmed for many years. He was involved in many activities in Bent County, including announcing for local rodeos, square dance caller for 4-H clubs, and assisting high school classes on Santa Fe Trail Day.

He was a member of Young Farmers of America, the Bent County Roping Club, and won various awards for his service as a 4-H leader. He was also an FFA Chapter Farmer.

In 1960, Ray became a Colorado Brand Inspector, working out of the LaJunta area. He moved to Lamar in 1969 as Brand Inspector Foreman, retiring in 1980. Following retirement, he and Lil spent their summers fishing and camping in the mountains near Creede, and their winters near Bullhead City, Ariz., Laughlin and Searchlight, Nev., with their many RV friends.

Ray loved animals, his favorite being his horse Snip, and favorite dogs Buddy and Kizzie. He was a calf roper in his earlier days, switching to team roping later on. He loved to fish. He was a woodworker and handyman. He made models of windmills and old wagons, which he shared with others.He loved hunting, shooting and playing cards with friends.

Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lily Mae, whom he affectionately called “Butch;” three children: daughter Barbara “Bobbie” Rains and Galen Sears of LaJunta, Colo., and sons Jim Schneider of Conifer, Colo., and Rick Schneider and wife Sue of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren Bill Rains and wife Kathy of Gill, Colo., Tessa Rains and Kyle Yaste of Evans, Colo., Abby Schneider of Durango, Colo., and Cara Schneider and Ed Dean of Everett, Washington; five great-grandchildren: Sid Jackson, R.C. Jackson, Dalton Yaste, Madeline Mae Dean, and a step-great-granddaughter, Kialie Yaste. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Vivian Pitts of Las Animas and family; brothers Richard Schneider and Russell Schneider of Jonesboro, Ark., and extended family.

Services were held on Nov. 14 in Las Animas, with interment at Fort Lyon National Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #2411.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lamar Area Hospice Association, Lamar, Colo.

Ray Schneider, age 83, of Lamar, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Montgomery City, Mo.

Ray married Lily Mae Pitts on May 8, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was stationed at Camp Carson.

He served during World War II with the 71st Infantry Division of Patton’s Third Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Following his discharge, he moved to Las Animas, Colo., where he and his wife farmed for many years. He was involved in many activities in Bent County, including announcing for local rodeos, square dance caller for 4-H clubs, and assisting high school classes on Santa Fe Trail Day.

He was a member of Young Farmers of America, the Bent County Roping Club, and won various awards for his service as a 4-H leader. He was also an FFA Chapter Farmer.

In 1960, Ray became a Colorado Brand Inspector, working out of the LaJunta area. He moved to Lamar in 1969 as Brand Inspector Foreman, retiring in 1980. Following retirement, he and Lil spent their summers fishing and camping in the mountains near Creede, and their winters near Bullhead City, Ariz., Laughlin and Searchlight, Nev., with their many RV friends.

Ray loved animals, his favorite being his horse Snip, and favorite dogs Buddy and Kizzie. He was a calf roper in his earlier days, switching to team roping later on. He loved to fish. He was a woodworker and handyman. He made models of windmills and old wagons, which he shared with others.He loved hunting, shooting and playing cards with friends.

Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lily Mae, whom he affectionately called “Butch;” three children: daughter Barbara “Bobbie” Rains and Galen Sears of LaJunta, Colo., and sons Jim Schneider of Conifer, Colo., and Rick Schneider and wife Sue of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren Bill Rains and wife Kathy of Gill, Colo., Tessa Rains and Kyle Yaste of Evans, Colo., Abby Schneider of Durango, Colo., and Cara Schneider and Ed Dean of Everett, Washington; five great-grandchildren: Sid Jackson, R.C. Jackson, Dalton Yaste, Madeline Mae Dean, and a step-great-granddaughter, Kialie Yaste. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Vivian Pitts of Las Animas and family; brothers Richard Schneider and Russell Schneider of Jonesboro, Ark., and extended family.

Services were held on Nov. 14 in Las Animas, with interment at Fort Lyon National Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #2411.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lamar Area Hospice Association, Lamar, Colo.


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