Raymond Leroy Burrows Jr….November 6, 1935 – January 13, 2015

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Graveside Military Committal Service for Raymond Burrows will be held at 11:30 a.m. on March 27, 2015 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.  Retired Major Raymond Leroy Burrows Jr. (Ray) was born on November 6, 1935, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Raymond L. Burrows Sr. and Ellen May (Dickerson) Burrows. He passed away at UHC, in Aurora, Colorado with his family by his side on January 13, 2015 at the age of 79.  Raymond was the big brother to Thomas (Tom) and William (Bill) Burrows.

Ray graduated from Alamosa High School with the class of 1953.  Ray joined the Colorado National Guard in 1954, transferred to the New Mexico National Guard and later entered active duty in the Army.  He attended Adams State College for two years, studying pre-engineering.  Raymond was united in marriage to Theada Roberts on January 13, 1955.  Their daughter, Sandra, was born while they were living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Ray worked for a finance company while living in Santa Fe.  Ray and Theada divorced on March 13, 1964.  In October, 1964 Raymond was united in marriage to Georgia (Jodie) Burrows.  To this union, two children were born, Leslie and Raymond III.  Jodie brought two children to this marriage, Tom & D’Ellen.  Ray served in the Army until 1972, attaining the rank of Captain.  He was stationed in Okinawa, Vietnam, Germany, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Texas.  In April of 1972, Raymond was honorably discharged from active duty and the family settled in Bristol, Colorado.  He then re-joined the New Mexico National Guard where he served as Air Defense Artillery Officer and Race Relations/Equal Opportunity Officer.  During his 15+ years with the National Guard, he obtained the rank of Major.  During this time, Raymond also worked in the insurance industry, attended Metro State College in Denver to obtain a degree in Computer Sciences, worked for the Postal Service in Commerce City in the bulk mail/package facility and then, after retiring from the US Army Reserve on November 6, 1995, he worked as the night clerk at the Cow Palace up until just a few years ago.  Shortly after retiring from the Army Reserve, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel.  Ray was a member and past Commander of the VFW Post 4281 in Holly, the American Legion Post 0071, a life member of Alamosa B.P.O.E. No. 1297, and a member of the National Dusters Quads & Searchlights Association.  He was also a member of Granada A.F. & A.M. #72 where he was initiated into the Masonic Lodge in February 1995 and received the Degree of Master Mason (3d) on January 23, 1996.  Ray’s hobbies included collecting cars (especially Lincolns), collecting electronic devices, and learning magic tricks to share with the kids.  He loved listening to music and had acquired quite a collection of music.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Ray Sr. & Ellen May; two brothers, Tom and Bill; and three sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law.           Ray is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jodie; his children, Tom Burrows of Alamosa, Sandy and her husband, Mike May of Northglenn, D’Ellen and her husband, Richard Cox of Lamar, Leslie and her husband, Peter Grogan of London, England, and Ray III and his wife, Svetlana, of Lakewood.  He is also survived by his grandchildren; Eric (Trisha) May, Scott May, Angie (Shane) Durst, Brandi (Ben) Stawn, Susang Berndt (Chris Wetherington), Lanine (Phillip) McMurtry, Sara (Dan) Brothers, Duane (Samantha) May, Megan (BJ) Graves, Tatiana, Anna, Zach Burrows, Jacob Burrows, Tabatha (Ryan) Collins, Ashlee, Sammy Cox, Ben Grogan, Joe Grogan, Kenneth Cox, and Trace Cox. Ray is also survived by 27 great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Glenmary (Donald) Bates of Houston, TX, numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfuneralchapel.com.

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