Ray Cravens

Born: Thu., Nov. 28, 1946
Died: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Dec. 03, 2018
Location: Pikes Peak National Cemetery

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Ray Cravens passed away at the age of seventy-one at his home on Bear Trap Ranch in Teller County, Colorado.  He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 28, 1946.


Ray served two tours in the Vietnam War as a Sky Soldier with the 173rd Airborne. When he came home, he earned a degree in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University.  He originally went to work at the Farmington State Hospital’ and later for Anglo Gold where he worked for the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company.


He served as president of Farmington Jaycees and was a member of VFW, DAV, Elks, and American Legion.


He had a great love for Colorado and especially Bear Trap Ranch.


Ray is preceded in death by his mother, Katherine (Sitze) Cravens, father, Ray S. Cravens; two younger sisters, Beverly and Diane, and a younger brother Michael.  He is survived by two sons, Michael Cravens of Tempe, Arizona, and David Cravens of Florissant, Colorado; and two grandchildren, Fielding and Nora Cravens of Tempe, Arizona.


The family requests no flowers, instead in Ray's honor a donation to the American Legion.

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Cathy Neill
   Posted Mon December 03, 2018
Dear David and Mike,
Ray came to Conifer, Colorado with Cristin and me in 1980, driving his Toyota FJ. Upon leaving each pit stop along I-70, we would blast Willy Nelson's On The Road Again! We'd both sing along for seconds and get back on the road.
His plan was to stay with us till he found a place of his own. Ray was a wonderful person for us to have as a housemate. He chipped in on cleaning, cooking, and he read a lot of books.
Ray loved Colorado, but he certainly missed his sons, speaking of you often.
I liked to "jog" on the mountain road and Ray would join me a few times, but wearing his cowboy boots!
He had his own way of doing things, "Don't cha know"! I feel lucky to have known Ray! Love, Cathy

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