Ray Iacovetto: 1916-2006

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Funeral services for Ray Iacovetto were Wednesday, May 17 in Phippsburg. He was buried in the Yampa cemetery.

Iacovetto was born December 11, 1916, to Sam and Anyelina in Phippsburg, Colorado. He was the third living child of an Italian immigrant family of 10. Ray passed away after a long, courageous illness of 8 years on May 14. 2006 at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction. He attended schools in Phippsburg and Oak Creek and was in the first graduating class from Yampa Union High School. As a lifetime resident of Routt County, he grew up working in the family general merchandise store. He left the area to attend Barnes Business School in Denver and then to serve in the Army during World War II. On November 14, 1946, he married Frances (Louise) Morey. Two children, Gladys and Elvis, were born of this union. In July 1949, Ray was appointed postmaster of the Phippsburg Post Office. He retired in July 1981. During that time, Ray and Louise opened their own business in 1969, moving the post office into their building in early 1970. It remains at that location today.

Ray enjoyed the outdoors. Along with his avid fly fishing and hunting he took on another hobby in the early 1960's. He began ranching as a way to relax and do things with the family. It soon became his passion in life. He started his first herd of cow-calf pairs in 1979. Those cattle were the beginning of what soon became known as the most spoiled and pampered cattle in the valley. Along with the cattle, he started a yearly ritual of haying and erected one of the first hay sheds in the valley

Ray also found time for community contributions. He was a charter member of the Yampa Arnerican Legion Bird-Howe Post #189. For years, Ray served on the County Board of Adjustment. He was also treasurer of the Phippsburg Water and Sanitation District from1975 to 2004. He was a director on the Phippsburg Community Club board until his illness limited his activities.

Ray was always the steady in the storm and the anchor for all of his family. His quiet wisdom and guidance will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; daughter Gladys Rae (Mike) Kelher; son Elvis Ray (Julie); four grandchildren ---- Marguerite, Andy, Gina and Tony; four brothers --- Jim (Pauline) of Eckert, Angelo (Helen) of Steamboat, Clyde (Alice) of Phippsburg and Victor (Ingrid) of Novato, California; a sister Viola Dunn of Arvada and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by both parents and four brothers, Flory, Harold, Sam, and Claude.

Gene Sanders and Belinda Rossi performed selections "In the Garden" and "On Eagles Wings" at the service. Kathy Louthan performed "Amazing Grace" and "Peace in the Valley."

Pallbearers were Kevin Gneiser, Dean Rossi, Lynn Whaley, Ron Nielsen, Tucker Louthan and Gene Sanders.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Creek-Phippsburg Historical Society or the American Legion Post # 1189.

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