Raymond Eulis Harper
On Aug. 6, Raymond Eulis Harper joined his daughter Teal in a dance among the angels.
Ray was born and raised in the Silt and Rifle area.
As a child, Ray was always on the move. From wrestling to hunting or fishing, Ray had the same interests as a child as he did as an adult. His pure and giving heart continued with him throughout his life. He graduated from Rifle High School in 1977.
During his high school years, he was most known for his athletic strength as a state qualifying wrestler as well as a key player for the football team. Even in his earlier years, it was Ray’s huge heart that earned the love and respect of his family and friends. He was an honest and honorable man that honored and treasured integrity and character.
After high school, Ray became a working man and learned of his love for traveling.
With this love of traveling, he went on to create some of the best memories with his children: Teal, Tatum, and Trace. As a family, the four traveled to their favorite places such as Alaska, Florida, California, Lake Powell, and many other cities following Ray’s beloved NASCAR races. Ray wrote of his love for travel and sport and stated “Being the old timer that I am, opportunity after opportunity was well taken advantage of when it comes to travel and sport.” Ray was an adrenaline junkie who strived for speed and new experiences, and found that his true enjoyment in life was doing the things he loved to do and creating memories with his family.
Throughout Ray’s life he was most known for his priceless smile, being the life of the party and his compassion for people, often treating everyone as a friend. His passion for cooking won the hearts of many, especially his family. You would often find him in the kitchen cooking up a storm either to bring together friends and family at gatherings, or just simply to prove that he was a better cook than any woman!
He was a “good ole’ boy” who loved whole-heartedly and would give anyone the shirt off his back, except during an intense family game of poker! Ray loved to play poker with his dad, son, nephews and friends. He liked to give out advice, but never gave away his winning secrets for poker. Ray’s competitive edge was one of the qualities that made him so fun!
One of the last pieces of advice Ray gave was to not stop living life because things are hard. Ray’s closest friends and family are honoring his words and remembering all the life, love, and fun that he has brought into their hearts.
Ray is survived by his mother, Loretta Harper and father Wayne Harper; daughter, Tatum Harper; son, Trace Harper; sisters, Waynetta (Kim) Antonelli, Sue (Chris) Duer, and Rose (Russell) Rauman, as well as six nephews; three nieces and numerous other extended family members.
“Boogidy, Boogidy, Boogidy, Let’s go racing boys!”
In loving memory of Raymond Eulis Harper, May 29, 1959 – Aug. 6, 2010.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. at New Creation Church, 44761 Hwy. 6 and 24, Glenwood Springs, CO on Aug. 14, 2010. Donations in honor of Ray are greatly appreciated and can be made at any Alpine Bank.
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