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Raymond Anthony, Jr.

February 25, 1948 May 14, 2018
Raymond Anthony, Jr.
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Raymond Anthony, Jr. was born to Raymond Anthony, Sr. and Minnie Jackson on February 25, 1948 in Denver, CO. There is no doubt the two must have been delighted to see his eyes so filled with life that would grow to express feelings of care, love, surprise, determination, and at times ask “are you kidding me?” for years to come. Raymond, affectionately known as Ray, joined his family as the baby brother of three sisters, Dorothy, Bernice and Sammie Mae, and two brothers, Howard and Bobby.

As Ray grew up in the Five Points area of Denver during the 1950s and 60s, he attended Manual High School and while he may not have been valedictorian in traditional schooling, he attended his fair share of classes at the “School of Life” and no doubt graduated with honors. Ray, ever the gifted athlete, ran track and played football in high school. He was even recruited to play collegiate football while attending high school in Texas.

Christian teachings highlight the importance of service to others and when looking at how Ray lived his life, he undoubtedly took these lessons to heart. One of the most notable beginnings of his service was with his tour of duty in the armed forces, specifically the U.S. Army. While this duty was not voluntary, he served well, working his way to Sergeant and earning medals for Good Conduct and National Defense.

Very quickly after returning home, he met his loving wife of 42 years, Irma. Little did they know how important the number three would be in their lives. Three years after they met, they married, to have their first child three years later, and all three children—Langston, Jared and David—were born three years apart.

As an avid Christian, Ray taught Sunday school, other adult classes in the church, and proudly served as a Deacon for Benevolence Ministries at the University Church of Christ. While he did not have the credentials that would distinguish him as an accomplished counselor, he fulfilled this talent in and outside of church, at the local grocery store near his home, talking to the owner of his favorite Chinese takeout restaurant, with co-workers, and any other place where he found people with whom he could connect. Throughout his life, Ray was a communicator and made it a point to help those around him whenever he could with wisdom that so few possess.

Ray spent the large majority of his professional years at the Rocky Flats Plant in Broomfield, CO where he worked as an engineer and security officer. After working many other security jobs, including at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO, he retired from the Denver Art Museum as a security officer after 12 years of service.

While Ray’s first loves were his wife and family, he was also passionate about music and cars. Ray’s passion for music extended from his distinct baritone voice he used to lead songs at his church to his participation as a member of the Spirituals Project choir. He was also fond of making and trading mix-tapes with friends and family and sharing in his love of music with his sons. Oftentimes at night, while his family watched TV or did other things around the house, Ray could be found tethered to his stereo listening to classic soul and R&B, smooth jazz, contemporary R&B, and even the occasional hip-hop artist.

In addition to his love of music, his love for cars did not fall far behind. With admiration for both classics and newer exotics, his love for the Volvo never faltered. For many of his friends, the mere mention of buying a new car was followed closely behind by the gospel of the Volvo. Memories of Ray in his electric blue Volvo R, sunglasses on, black Kangol hat turned backwards, window rolled half-way down, and driving just fast enough to keep up with the flow of traffic will remain for days to come.

His love, light, and laughter will truly be missed.

It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond Anthony, Jr. announces his passing, after many years of struggling with various illnesses and ailments, on Monday, May 14th at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Irma); sons Langston (Calandra), Jared, and David; Brother Bobby Jackson; and sister Dorothy Stevens. He was preceded in death by his siblings Bernice, Sammie Mae and Howard.

Memorial donations may be made at gofundme.com/ray-anthony.


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Visitation

Monday

28

May

2:00 PM 5/28/2018 2:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 5/28/2018 6:00:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

2101 N. Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205

Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services
2101 N. Marion Street Denver 80205 CO
United States

Service

Tuesday

29

May

10:00 AM 5/29/2018 10:00:00 AM
University Church of Christ

2000 S. Milwaukee St.
Denver, CO 80210

University Church of Christ
2000 S. Milwaukee St. Denver 80210 CO
United States

cemetery

Tuesday

29

May

1:15 PM 5/29/2018 1:15:00 PM
Ft. Logan National Cemetery

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80235

Staging Area "C" with Military Honors

Ft. Logan National Cemetery
3698 S. Sheridan Blvd Denver 80235 CO
United States

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Fort Logan National Cemetery Final Resting Place

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80235

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd. Denver 80235 CO
USA
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