Richard Sterling Rayer

December 21, 1930 ~ June 16, 2020 (age 89)


Richard Sterling Rayer 89, passed away June 16, 2020 at Forest Ridge Senior Living in Woodland Pk., CO, after a long battle with vascular dementia.

Dick was born December 21, 1930 near Lamar, Colorado to Paul F. and Dorothy Murrell Rayer, oldest of five.  In his younger years he lived in Ft. Collins and Denver, then the family moved to Exeter, Nebraska where he finished high school and lettered in football.  He was quarterback and his team won state championship for two years.  He received a scholarship to York College, but decided to stay home and work with his dad.  In 1950 the family moved to Manitou Springs.  In 1955 Dick opened Dick's TV Sales & Service which he ran until his retirement.  He also operated Rayer's Fishing Lake in Cascade for 16 summers.

Dick loved NASCAR, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, he raced the hill in 1971.  He was a member of American Pigeon Racing Union and Pikes Peak Homing Pigeon Club.  He loved his birds and enjoyed riding and taking care of his horses.  He was involved with several pool leagues in Ute Pass and Colorado Springs, winning many awards.

He is survived by his wife, Judith of Cascade; four sons, Richard Allen of Cincinnati (Diane); Randal of Goddard, KS (Brenda); Robin of Colorado Springs; Ronald of Woodland Park (Mary Anne); two step daughters, Michelle Babinski of Divide, CO (Bob) and Diana Jodi Haner of Cascade (James); three sisters, Mary Cropp, Ft. Collins; Sally Vossler, Portland, OR. (Jeff) and Cynthia Murrell, Greeley (Ray); nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, brother Paul Henry Rayer and brother-in-law Bruce Cropp.

Thanks to all the staff at Forest Ridge for your care of Richard.

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