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Ray M. Snow

Former longtime Roaring Fork Valley and Collbran resident Ray M. Snow passed away March 4, 2009, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Ray M. Snow was born to Larry and Lola Ella (Melrose) Snow Nov. 6, 1925, in Pagosa Springs. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Pagosa Springs.

During World War II, Ray honorably served his country with the U.S. Army. While in the Army, Ray trained and broke mules and took supplies to the service men.



Ray married the love of his life, Berth “Marie” Jones, Sept. 3, 1945, in Durango. Four children were born to this union. Ray and Marie resided in Collbran many years. The couple would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this fall.

Ray was a rancher and a professional horse trainer. His interests included spending time with his family and his love of dogs and training horses. Ray judged numerous quarter horse shows while he was president of the Quarter Horse Association. He was a true “Cowboy at Heart.”



Ray is survived by his beloved wife; daughters Jane (Jerry) Vandervelde of Cedaredge, and Judy (Jim) Kropetz of Page, Ariz.; brothers Bill (Cleat) Snow of Bayfield, and Cleo (Frances) Snow of Benson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Ray was preceded in death by three sisters; and sons Jimmy and Joe Snow.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 19, at the Community Church in Collbran, with potluck to follow.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.


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