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Ray R. Fender

Ray R. Fender passed away May 29, 2007.Ray was born to Earl Ray and Viola (Kisor) Fender of Carbondale. Ray loved ranch life and riding in the high country. Ray drove a few years for United Mine Workers, and served in the U.S. Army for a short time. Ray was married to Lois Gartrell (Fender), and together they raised three children in their home on the Crystal River in Carbondale. Ray was mostly known as a Ranch Realtor for more than 20 years at Fender Realty and Associates in Carbondale. No one could beat Ray’s ability to go up in the high country searching for a section corner of a grazing permit or property line corner of a high mountain ranch, and actually find it on horseback with his map and compass in tow. Ray was instrumental along with Doc Dwell and friends in obtaining land and developing the Carbondale Rodeo Arena on the Catherine Store Road, along with fighting to keep the Marian Gulch trail open to snowmobile and horseback riders. He loved riding the Thompson Creek area, where he hunted for many years with his friend, Bob Mick. When Ray retired, he spent winters in Arizona and summers on the mountain trails with his friends and his horse. Survivors include his wife, Wanda, of Clifton; brother Bill (Pat) Fender of Carbondale; son Marlan (Paula) Fender of Phoenix; daughters Willa (Jim) Holgate of Highland Haven, Texas, and Kathy Fender of Austin, Texas; stepson Hollis Weeks of Grand Junction; stepdaughter Kerrie Scheer of Casper, Wyo.; and step-grandchildren Anthony Weeks of Lander, Wyo., Jesse Holgate of Moscow, Idaho, and Tanya and Kail Scheer of Casper.Ray’s father, mother and sister Mae Louise Fender preceded him in death.Services were held June 4 at the VA Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, where the Colorado Honor Guard presented a flag to his wife and daughters. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Grand Junction or Clifton Assembly of God Church.


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