If you’ve lived in Lamar, Colorado for much of the past 60 years, you know who Ray (Dean) Sanders is. He was the print guy at the Lamar Daily News, for most of my life.
A friendly face, a warm smile, a hug… The man in the back room at the Lamar Daily News didn’t hold back his love for the community where he lived. He gave it all, and years of service.
Ray to me was more than just the man in the back of the LDN. He was a close friend of our family, a quick smile, a story from the past, and laughter… Laughter when he caught me taking his son for ice cream, when his daughter was supposed to be watching him… Or laughter when I caught him walking down the street and stopped to say “hi” but he couldn’t remember my name.
The last few times I saw him, he visited as if he knew who he was talking to, and somewhere in the late part of our conversation, he’d say, “I know you, but what’s your name.” We’d laugh. I’d tell him my name. And he’d keep talking about the same stuff.
Rest in peace, Ray. You were loved here, and you are loved there.
Say “Hello” to all those familiar faces!
Ray D. Sanders
A Celebration of Life for longtime Lamar resident Ray Sanders will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Pastor Paul Floyd of the High Plains Fellowship officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Peacock Funeral Home.
Ray was born in Lamar, Colorado on September 17, 1935 to Burton Roscoe Sanders and Letha Noe-Sanders and passed away on July 10, 2017 at his son’s home in Lamar with his family by his side. Ray was 81.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Darla on May 9, 2001; by two brothers, Leon and Roscoe and three sisters, Dorothy, Kathleen, and Doris.
He is survived by his children; LaDon (Micah) Page of Greeley, CO, Christie (Dannie) McMillan of Cheyenne Wells and TJ (Karen) Sanders of Lamar. Also surviving are his grandchildren; Nikki (Jason) McBarney, Chelsea Page, Mat (Gena) McMillan, Jessica McMillan, Leandra Longworth, Lexi Sanders, Dustin (Cassie) Coin, and Hannah Coin and by his great grandchildren, Fiona McBarney, Veda Coin, and Kallie McMillan as well as his many friends including his Lamar Daily News family that he had worked with over his 52 year career at the newspaper.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Area Hospice either direct or in care of the funeral home office.