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Subject: [RUS-SARATOV-FRANK] Obit Stroh, Ray
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 08:23:57 -0600

The Fort Collins, Colorado Coloradoan

Article published Apr 24, 2007
Ray D. Stroh

Ray D. Stroh, 90, of Loveland, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2007, at 5 p.m. at Medical Center of the Rockies.

Ray was born Oct. 16, 1916, to John K. and Anna M. (Bauer) Stroh. He was raised on the farm in Berthoud, schooled in Loveland, Berthoud and Greeley. He was in the gasoline and oil business for several years before entering the military. He joined the 8th U.S. Armed Air Force and was schooled at Nebraska University as a flight engineer and transferred to San Marcos Navigation Air Force Base where he finished training classes in 1943 before being injured and discharged from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Ray was a renowned boxer, winning the Golden Glove Championship three years in a row before turning professional. Ray retired from boxing and married Lorraine A. Bear in Comanche, Texas, on Nov. 7, 1938.

Ray became an auctioneer, traveling through the United States for Ford Motor Company and doing cattle, horse, machinery and estate sales. The auction business evolved into the real estate brokerage business and the two were combined into Stroh & Co. Realty & Auctions Inc. Ray was a charter member of the Loveland Board of Realtors, served in all the offices of the board and was named Realtor of the Year.

Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee, Loveland Elks Lodge and served on several city committees. He retired from the Loveland Fire Department and director of the Home State Bank. He was a member of American Legion and D.A.V. Ray loved gardening, travel and helping people.

Ray's wife, Lorraine, predeceased him in death May 16, 2004, and he is survived by two sons, David Stroh and wife, Sheryl, of San Jose, Calif., Daniel G. Stroh and wife, Debbie, of Berthoud; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Cremation has been conducted. Memorial services will be t 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Sixth and Grant in Loveland. Private family inurement will be in Loveland Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Larimer County Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or charity of donor's choice in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo. 80537.


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