Raymond Leo Blubaugh | PostIndependent.com

Raymond Leo Blubaugh

Raymond Leo Blubaugh, 94, died Feb. 8, 2008, in Rifle.

He was born Sept. 27, 1913, in Wichita, Kan., to Linus and Christine (Koetting) Blubaugh. At age 16, he “rode the rails” to Colorado and worked on a ranch, breaking horses. He continued his education in Wichita.

Raymond married Eva Hill of Moline, Kan., June 20, 1936. They had seven daughters and were married 71 years.

A butcher by trade, and a skilled carpenter and avid gardener, he and Eva created comfortable, welcoming homes in Kansas, California and Colorado. He was artistic and a talented poet. A kid at heart, he enjoyed people of all ages, nature, and the great outdoors. He believed in the Bible and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Ray is survived by daughters Barbara (Dick) DeMars of Fergus Falls, Minn., Kathryn (Jim) Garvey of Lodi, Calif., Carolyn (Dennis) Gibson of Salt Lake City, Joyce (Ed) Pace of Rifle, Louise (Paul) Bright of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Theresa French of Hill City, S.D.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother Felix (Phyllis) Blubaugh of Fircrest, Wash.; brother-in-law Bob Myers of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; nephew Verliand (Susan) Ellis of Arkansas City, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife in 2007; infant daughter Mary Marlene; grandson Joseph DeMars; great-grandson Jacob Lopes; brothers Eugene and Vincent; sisters Hilda Hemmen, Gertrude Berkebile, Bernetta Smarsh, and Teresa Myers.

Ray will be buried next to his beloved wife at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.

A celebration of his life will be held in early summer, also in Rifle.

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