Raymond R. Klumker

Raymond R. Klumker, 88, formerly of Maybell, died Friday, July 21, 2006, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing in Meeker.

Raymond Richard Klumker was born Aug. 9, 1917, in Golden, the son of William and Elsie (Neil) Klumker. As a young boy, the family moved to Toponas where he attended school. In January 1942, he entered the United States Marine Corps, serving his country proudly until his discharge in January 1946, attaining the rank of sergeant.

On Jan. 14, 1945, he was united in marriage to Anna Ruth Howe. She preceded him in death on Aug. 24, 1989. Klumker is also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Peggy Fowler; and three brothers, William, Aldis and William.

Following his discharge from the service, Klumker moved to Steamboat Springs, where he worked for 32 years for the U.S. Forest Service as road maintenance supervisor.

In 1974, he retired and moved to Maybell, where he resided until moving to Meeker to be nearer to family. He loved to spend time outdoors hiking, hunting and observing the wildlife, especially the wild horses in Brown's Park, and he was also a great "rock hound."

Survivors include his daughter, Treasa Ellis and her husband Jim of Meeker; two sons, Charles Klumker and his wife Anni of Oak Creek, and Raymond Klumker Jr. and his wife Zonia of Northglenn; nine grandchildren, Raymond Richard Klumker III, Erika, Jason, Jessica, Donald and Wesley Klumker, Anna, Christina and Cassandra Ellis; one great-granddaughter, Alana; and one brother, Louis Klumker of Yuma, Ariz.

A funeral for Klumker is at 11 a.m. Friday at the Meeker Christian Church. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call at Cochran Memorial Chapel from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday or Friday prior to services at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Maybell Ambulance Service through Cochran Memorial Chapel, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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