Ray was born February 20, 1920 to Elmer and Martha Shaefer, (Iowa Farmers) Ray was the youngest of six. After surviving the Depression, Ray, his brother-Leonard, and his mother came down with Typhoid Fever, Leonard did not survive this disease. Ray learned to walk again by pushing a child's wagon from home to school with one of his sisters pulling. He has never stopped walking. World War II breaks out in Europe and this "Proud American" enlists in Des Moines, Iowa. After basic training and advance training as a RADIO Man, he and his fellow soldiers and now life-long friends ship to England where his Unit is designated 807th TD (Tiger Tank Destroyers) under General Patton. The walking continues across Europe until December 1944 where he earns the "PURPLE HEART" for injuries received in a campaign in Germany. After discharged he returns to Iowa where he meets the "LOVE OF HIS LIFE" Josephine (Jean) at the local skating ring; seven weeks later on July 7, 1947 they were married. From this union three children are born, Edmund (deceased), Betty and Larry. In 1959, the family moves to Canon City, the walking continues as a Postal Carrier for downtown Canon City. After retirement Ray and Jean camp across the United States, chalking up 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Germany and France. Ray was a life-long member of the DAV, Purple Heart
Charter, Florence Eagles, and was a member of the Florence Methodist Church, Post Office Coffee Club. He will be missed by his loving wife Jean; daughter: Betty (John) Hanawalt; son: Larry (Brenda) Shaefer; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Ray continues to walk in Heaven where the family can guarantee there will be no Dandy Lions.