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Jackie Ray Sills

Jackie Ray Sills, 66, of Glenwood Springs, passed away on Feb. 9, 2005, while hiking and photographing by the cabin he built on Storm King Mountain that was so dear to his heart.Jackie was born on April 11, 1938, to Jack B. Sills and Estellene Newby in Tucumcari, N.M. He was a resident of Glenwood Springs for the majority of his life.He married Anita Forney on June 20, 1958, in Grand Junction. He was a plumber all his life, and owned Colorado Plumbing Service.Jackie Ray was a happy retiree and had a passion for traveling with his wife of 47 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting. His love of wildlife was transformed into his most recent passion of wildlife photography. But most of all, Jackie Ray had an unconditional and unfailing love for his family and friends. His smile and presence will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.Jackie Ray is survived by his wife, Anita, of Glenwood Springs; father, Jack B. Sills, of Glenwood Springs; son Mark (Maria)Sills, of Rifle; daughters Kim (Dale) Neffendorf, of Rifle, Karinda Lee Sills, of Glenwood Springs, and Denise (Kevin) Wilkerson, of Grand Junction; brothers Newby (Maria) Sills, of Rifle, Jimmy (Sue) Sills, of Glenwood Springs, and Ron (Jay) Sills, of Steamboat Springs; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; special friends Fred and Judy Ingelhart, and Tom Helier.He was preceded in death by his mother, Estellene Sills.Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Mountain View Church in Glenwood Springs. The Rev. Dave Pearson will officiate. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Rifle.Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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