Raymond ‘Cowboy Ray’ Anderson

ELMORE – Raymond “Cowboy Ray” Anderson, age 70, of Elmore, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at United Hospital in Blue Earth. Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Janet Crissinger-Clark and Rev. Josh Underbakke, officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com

Ray was born May 10, 1943, in Blue Earth, the son of Melvin and Lazetta (Dobson) Anderson. He grew up in Blue Earth where he was a 1961 graduate of Blue Earth High School. He was a member of the Army National Guard and worked at Gambles and with Morris Camera before his marriage to Lois E. Blegen on April 6, 1974, in Spring Grove, Minn. Ray also worked at Bartley Printing and had been involved with Children’s Christian Ministry work. He was a youth evangelist throughout the Midwest, having spread God’s word to thousands of children in Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Colorado, North Dakota, Kansas, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He had also served as the minister at Faith Baptist Church for a time.

“Cowboy” Ray Anderson is survived by his wife, Lois E. Anderson of Elmore; his sons, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Anderson of Joplin, Mo., and Matthew (Katye) Anderson of Franklin, Tenn.; daughters, Leah (Jamie) Holland of Winnebago, and Sarah (Ken) Yokiel of Wells; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Ken (Helga) Anderson of Fairmont; sisters, Linda Anderson of Fairmont, and Sue (Richard) Kast of Fairmont; and uncle, Armon Dobson of Blue Earth.

He was preceded in death by his parents.