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Austin Ray Stanford passed away May 21, 2012 with his wife of 37 years by his side. He had a wonderful life for 95 years. Ray was born in Winter Haven, FL to Evelyn Knox and Austin Stanford. He is survived by his wife Susan Morris Stanford; a son Austin Lee Stanford of Atlanta, GA; two daughters Jayne Morillo of Pharr, TX and Patti Shaffer of Celebration, FL; several grand and great grandchildren. Ray was an avid athlete. He raced motorcycles in Daytona Beach when they were still racing on the beach. He enjoyed swimming, sailing, and tennis where he won medals at the senior olympics. He could also barefoot waterski. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Force where he became a 1st Lieutenant and piloted a B24 bomber that flew several missions in Europe. He was even shot down and was able to crash land in France, saving his entire crew earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross and several other air medals. After the war, Ray worked for the National Cash Register Company and was in charge of the entire downtown area of Miami, FL. He then became an ordained minister and received his doctorate. Ray was the founder and president of the Christian Youth Ranch, as well as Grace Community Church, Florida Bible Church and Florida Bible College. Dr. Stanford has traveled the globe preaching the gospel as well as helping to start Bible Colleges in India and Egypt. He even debated the famous athiest Madalyn Murray O'Hair. The family will be receiving friends Wednesday May 23 from 6pm-8pm at Shannon Maloney Funeral Home, 4084 Halifax Dr. Port Orange, FL. Funeral services will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery in Winter Haven, Florida on Thursday May 24 at 10am.


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from May 22 to May 24, 2012.
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October 21, 2020
He led me to Christ in spring 1960 and I even raised my hand while he was preaching Eph 2:8-9 to ask him to repeat it. Works was my motive to get to heaven and his teaching led me to grace and mercy and salvation!!!’ So thankful.
Linda Nederveld
Friend
May 21, 2020
Miss him very much. Wish he was here so we could hang out everyday now.
Don and Vivian Leo
Family
May 16, 2020
I Thank God for You and for Florida Bible College!! I was saved at Ranch in the "Grove" It was a time that I will Never Forget!! I attended FBC in the "Grove" for only 1 semester. Now, those credits will be applied as I start on my 1-year degree at Florida Bible College of Tampa. After that, I plan to get a 2-year degree and I will see what The Lord wants me to do at that time. My Grandson, Devan Tew just Graduated from Florida Bible College of Tampa after 6 years!! He has Aspberger's Syndrome, which is a form of autism, and he has Attention Deficit Disorder which makes it hard for him to memorize Scripture!! It is only through God that this was accomplished!! To God Be The Glory!! Great Thing's He Has Done!!
Roberta Butler
Family
June 20, 2016
Ray Stanford impressed me in a lot of ways , though I never new him personally, I listened to some of his videos teaching the Good News of the Gospel, and heard others like Dr. Hank Lindstrom and Dr. Yankee Arnold speak about him. True, Ray was a fantastic teacher and soul winner (medium) with the help of the Holy Spirit. But, what impressed me the most was his humbleness and honesty with his confession he made during a video presentation where he said very clearly that he is a Christian because he is both a sinner and also he trusted solely Christ Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior so that he has an eternal saved soul. RIP, Heaven must be unbelievable ! Praise God! Amen. Ephesians 2:8-10; John 3:3-33. :o)
Ken Wilbourne
July 7, 2015
As I carry the gospel into the jail and say," Let this hand..." I remember you and I hope someone who knows your story will write it, warts and all, because it is a story of grace. I want to know more about my spiritual grandfather.
Ted Yntema
January 11, 2015
THANK YOU RAY ! I THANK OUR ETERNALLY DEAR LORD FOR BRINGING YOU INTO MY LIFE AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE LED TO OUR ETERNALLY BELOVED LORD JESUS CHRIST BY THE ETERNALLY CRYSTAL CLEAR AND PURE GOSPEL THAT YOU YOU PRESENTED TO ALL PEOPLE NOT JUST SOME! AGAIN ETERNAL THANKS TO YOU A.RAY STANFORD!
ADRIAN ROBINSON
April 16, 2014
I just discovered a book written by A. Ray Stanford called the handbook of personal evangelism on the internet. It is helping me through a very dark period of my faith walk..one that I hope to emerge from with victory and renewed purpose in walking with the Lord Jesus. I praise God for his faithfulness that is helping people like me even now after he is home with the Lord. God bless his family!
Trent Anderson
February 10, 2014
I am a pastor today, because of Florida Bible College. May we never forget the hall of FBC. Doc. Stanford's sacrifice touched many lives. In 1979, I came to FBC as a student from Liberia, West Africa. I must say this one thing, and that is Florida Bible College taught the gospel in the most simplistic form, and left to doubt on the plan of salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9
Pastor Tom Wiah, Jr.
December 27, 2013
What a witness...never forget Christian oYuth Ranch..or Grove Community Church..your services led so many..
Ray Carstens
December 20, 2013
I did not know I could write this until I was referring another to the website to learn how to witness.

You will always come to mind every time I witness with your Heaven Tract.
It was good to see you at Aunt Catfish in Port Orange with Wally and Jane and I plan to catch up with you again soon.
Dana Brigham
September 28, 2013
Thank you for being there in my youth always presenting the Gospel and making it so plain. Ephesians 2:8,9.
Carol Olsen
May 28, 2013
Missing you, Been thing a lot about you, lately.
May 27, 2013
Go in peace.
The Rev. Robert Kaye
May 1, 2013
Thinking of Ray today. How important he was in our lives. Dick went to heaven on April 29th Ray on the 21st of May. II know they are rejoicing in the presence of The Lord. How I miss both of them It's been a long journey from the early days at the ranch-Morgans-Kendal- YFC to the Grove and FBC. Ray was always witnessing. So glad we could be with him in his later years. Those who knew you and of you Ray were blessed. Thanks for being a blessing and an important part of our lives.
Carole Aldrich
April 30, 2013
thank for sharing with me the jim tingen story just like you said if jim can share the story way cant I. SEE YOU IN HEAVEN. THANKS RAY YOUR FRIEND DOUG S.
douglas stier
November 14, 2012
Ray Stanford will always be in my heart. Jessica Ramer
Jessica Ramer
July 16, 2012
39 years ago this August, I enrolled at FBC. It was there that I heard the good news of Jesus Christ and the free gift of salvation by grace through faith. I heard that message and was water baptized by Dr. Stanford. My life was changed forever....
Dorothy McGrath Bethel
June 24, 2012
Dr. Hank Lindstrom use to mention Dr. A. Ray Stanford , when doing the Bibleline live call-in show, as the person who was the medium by which the soul saving power of the Holy Spirit reached him. Then, the first time I saw Ray was via the internet with him speaking at Hank's memorial service. It was very inspirational, just like Dr. Hank, I could see the zeal he had to help bring people to Christ to attain salvation. I'm so happy I recently heard that Florida Bible College will start again. I'll be praying about that. God Bless. John 3:3-18.
Kenneth Wilbourne Jr
June 5, 2012
You are missed Uncle Ray.... I love you....
Christina Dorris
June 5, 2012
Our entire family came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour by the works and love a one solitary man here on earth. Just as one solitary man gave his life so long ago to save those that trust in him. I say see you later "Old Man" because I know today he is in Heaven hooting and hollering as no other. I am excited that one day I will join him and others we so dearly love and miss.
Susan, the wonderful things Ray did for thousands is something I and so many others are so grateful for. Your patience and understanding in sharing him literally with the world and being a virtous wife is to be greatly commended. You were truly an example of the virtuous wife Proverbs speaks about.
I am proud to call you my sister and my friend and thankful for you taking the first step to Christian Youth Ranch in Pharr, Texas and making sure we all heard the message.
I love you so much..
Diane
Diane Morris
May 31, 2012
My entire family came to Jesus as a result of Doc Stanford leading my Mom to Christ. Every person I have led to Jesus and every Bible study I have taught is based on the teaching I received from Doc and Florida Bible College. I thank my God for Doc Stanford and his ministry. He will always be part of my life and ministry. I miss him and after all these years I love him.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith. And that, not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
John Hall
May 31, 2012
We praise the Lord for allowing Ray Stanford to come into our lives through Mike McFarlin at Ranch and the FBC summer Bible conferances! Its at Ranch that me and my wife, Pat came to trust in Jesus as our Savior and serve our Lord. Thanks so much for 'KISS - Keeping It Simple Sir'!
Jimmy & Pat Moffett
May 30, 2012
To Lee,Kay,Jane,Wally,Patti,Mike and Susan
Your Mom and Dad are especially dear to me. After Dave Onstead pointed the way to me, Ray and Sue watered and tended to me.I owe my life with Christ to them.Ray was the first pastor who was,to me,not only a man of God but a fellow human being.I know that I connected with Ray because we both have feet of clay.Ray, God loves you totally and so do I.I will miss you.
Herb Raab
Herb Raab
May 29, 2012
So many happy, wonderful memories of Ray...at Grove, Ranch, FBC, Boca, my wedding. I'm eternally grateful for Ray's unwavering faithfulness to salvation by grace through faith not works; for the clarity of his 'hand gesture'; for his expository teaching; his humor and so much more. Heaven is surely rejoicing to have such a wonderful servant 'home'. Praying for you Susan, Lee, Jayne, Patti and your families. Oh how we'll miss him!!
Diane Haas (Raab)
May 29, 2012
To Wally, Jane, Mike, Patti, Lee, Kay, & Susan
We felt privileged to be at the service this past week. It was a joy to fellowship with you even though it came at a time of loss. We have much for which to thank the Lord from Ray's life and ministry and the legacy we have seen through your lives.
Mike & Jenny Sullivan
May 28, 2012
I would like to offer my sympathy to you all on the loss of your dear loved one. Our Heavenly Father knows about your pain. He provides hope for all those affected by this loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God really cares for you in your time of need.
May 25, 2012
I hadn't heard about Ray Stanford; the last time I saw him, he gave an assembly at Hialeah High, complete with taking his wallet out of his back pocket and showing how Christ took our sins.  I went onstage afterwards to speak to him; he greeted me with, "Hi, Beastly!!"  Quite an evangelist!
Response by a member of Ray's 5th St. Bible study in the early 50s.
Fred Darwick
May 25, 2012
What wonderful memories we have of learning the Word at Grove. Thank you, Ray, for your unwavering passion and faithfulness in sharing the gospel with such clarity. We had always thought salvation was belief + works. We will never forget your asking us if we needed a Savior or a probation officer! Eph.2:8,9 really made an impact on us. Susan, Lee, Jayne, Patti-our hearts and love reach out to you at this time. Know that you are in our prayers for God's peace to surround you. What a legacy Ray has left us all.
Ruth Raab
May 25, 2012
Thank you for your dedication, you will be missed by many. See you soon
Alicia Mendez
May 25, 2012
"Doc" shared the gospel at Youth Ranch in Coconut Grove and I became one of so many who finally understood the good news, he baptized me in the ocean off Hollywood Beach and I graduated from Florida Bible College. What an eternal impact he had and it was a blessing to see him at his big birthday party in Georgia, still so passionate about reaching the lost and his wonderful smile. Love and deepest sympathy to all of your family.
Karen (King)Shaw
May 25, 2012
Precious memories - how they linger... Mike and I are two of thousands who will be eternally grateful for Ray's faithfulness to Jesus starting the youth ranch and, later, FBC. Many wonderful road trips with Doc and the Spokesmen taking the gospel around our nation to high school and college campuses brought us even closer. Thank you for giving to the Lord.
Kaye Otto
May 25, 2012
God bless you all. Ray was a good man who loved the Lord, loved souls and his family. We were blessed that he counted us among his friends. We will sure miss him. At the same time we rejoice that he is safely at home in heaven.
Carole Aldrich and Family
May 24, 2012
To the entire family; praying for you. Doc reached someone who reached someone else, who then shared the gospel with me...clearly, plainly, and understandably...not only me, but Doc reached Hank Lindstrom, then Dr. Lindstrom reached my mom...soon after, my dad trusted Christ during an FBC visit, while in Lee Stanford's Sunday School class...I am eternally grateful.
Barry Frazier
May 24, 2012
Dear Susan & Family:
We were saddened to learn of Ray's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Gordon & Doris Benedict
Torrington,CT
May 24, 2012
Memories of the Bible Studies in the yard at Ray and Sue's are great. I heard the gospel here for the first time. It took a few years to understand that salvation was gift and not of works but Ray's faithfulness was there to help me understand. Little did I know the strong foundation I received in God's word would sustain me all through my life. My prayers are with the family in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather.
May 24, 2012
Memories of the Bible Studies in the yard at Ray and Sues are great. I heard the gospel here for the first time. It took a few years to understand that salvation was a gift and not of works but Ray's faithfulness was there to help me understand. Little did I know how strong and clear was the foundation I received in God's word. It has sustained me all through my life. My prayers are with the family in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather.
Mary Olive Terhune
May 24, 2012
It is amazing the far reaching effects of one man witnessing for his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! My husband Fred & I are still using Ray's personal evangelism book and sharing the Gospel here in Oklahoma. Praying for comfort to the family. Freddy & Donna (Yoder) Bandimere
May 24, 2012
I look forward to meeting you in heaven. Meanwhile, I'll just keep on witnessing for our Lord, following your example.
Dan Mosher
May 23, 2012
A very great man has passed on to glory. I am eternally grateful for Doc Ray's life ministry, his love of people, and his wise emphasis on spreading the most important Message with clarity and accuracy.
Hardy Housman
May 23, 2012
Doc, God used you to bring me to Christ. Only one life to live, only what is done for Christ will last. Thaddeus Dragula, Rhinebeck, NY
May 23, 2012
Susan, I am so sorry for your loss of ray, even thou i never got the chance to meet him, you spoke so good of your husband. my thoughts and prayers are with you
kathy arel
May 23, 2012
Doc, you will be greatly missed. Your clarity in presenting the Gospel led many folks to know the Lord. I know you are now rejoicing with those who have gone home to be the Lord. What a beautiful sight that must be.
David Leyva
May 23, 2012
Thank You so much for sharing the Gospel with me...i will be in Heaven one day because you took the time to tell me how to get there...Eph. 2, 8&9 are and always will be my favorite verses...I Know the Lord has welcomed you and said "well Done My Good and Faithful Servant"...i look forward to being there with you for all eternity. also my mom & dad Grandmother are all waiting for me there...when i get there i will be able to thank you once again...sincerely, Roberta Butler
May 23, 2012
Ray Stanford could have been the President of the United States if he had wanted that position. His gifts, talents and charisma far exceeded perhaps anyone else's I have even known.
His obsession for being clear on the gospel has permeated every area of my life until this very day.
He had his flaws - which one of us doesn't? But there is no doubt he loved Jesus Christ with all his heart!
When my 65 year old Jewish father accepted Jesus in the summer of 1969 he wanted to go to Boca Raton to Bible Camp. Ray let him come. He loved Ray. Now they are together again...along with Dr. Cambron and many others.
It will be a great day when we are all finally home together again!
May God be especially close to Lee and Kay,
Wally and Jane, Mike and Patti, and all the family members during this time!
Robert Rohm
May 23, 2012
We express our deepest sympathy to the Stanford, Shaffer, and Morillo families for the loss of your husband, Dad and Grandpop. We are thankful that Ray obeyed God's call by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to all he met, boldly and without partiality and starting Youth Ranch, Florida Bible Church and Florida Bible College with that same tenacity and determination that he had to see all those know and serve the Savior that he loved. We will not know the true impact of his faithful service on souls until heaven, but we can rejoice now that he is rejoicing in heaven along with Dr. Cambron and all the others that have gone on before proclaiming that Jesus Christ is LORD. To GOD be the glory, great things HE has done!
Marshall and Bonnie Mink
May 23, 2012
Hearing of your passing caused me to reflect on the profound influence that you had on so many lives. I am certain that God used you as his servant to save mine through others your organizations encouraged. When I look back now at the life friends that I have, they were all from Youth Ranch. And still mentors all. I thank God for your presence A Ray, and that I was able to tell you all this in the last few years. Till we meet again my friend and brother in Christ! You were a faithful holder of the true Light! Thank you!
George Duke
May 23, 2012
Oh my; knew this was coming but I have a lump in my throat remembering all the wonderful times spent with Ray, Sue, and our Savior.

I first met them at Shenandoah Presbyterian Church{my Mother took me) and then would walk to their small home near Auburndale Elementary for the free cold drinks(in an ice-filled wash tub) and the Gospel music. I met Fred, the Gautiers and other new friends there.

Then, it was at the Christian Youth Ranch where Ray led many more souls to Christ. So many friends made there and the volleyball games were so much fun. It was there that I met Elvin Carrol as he played the bass-tub accompning Ray and his guitar. Elvin became my best friend and I still miss him. So many kids sitting politely on the floor, singing songs of joy and forgiveness.

Still have memories of the visits to Boca Raton and its revivals led by Ray.

And then Grove Community Church was built and our family were members. Linda and I were married by Ray there in 1965.

I never went to FBC but enjoy reading of those that did.

I'll apologize in advance if I got this history(names, places, etc.) turned around. Thank you again Ray(and Sue, Lee, Patty, and Jane) for your steadfast Christianity and your love for the Gospel.

Danny Greene
May 23, 2012
I have never know anyone personally who touched and changed so many lives as Ray. Your ministry had a profound influence on my life and it was through Youth Ranch that my husband found the Lord. Thank you for all you did for God and others.
Carol Cheshire
May 23, 2012
I thank Ray, and our Lord Jesus, for his faithfulness and patience with many of his students, while we were in College. Many will be in heaven because of that faithfulness in sharing both Christ and his ministry of instruction. . . . by word and deed. Though I know that he had "feet of clay", I love and will miss him and his blessed fellowship, but would not wish him back.

He's now having perfect fellowship with all who have gone before him, and with his precious Savior.
Pick McMillan
May 23, 2012
"For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9. Growing up in his church, I suppose I heard those two verses 1,000's of times from Ray. I'm thankful for the foundation I received as I know one day, I will touch the face of Jesus. My prayers are with all of you.
Erma (Greene) Slager
May 23, 2012
Thank you Ray for teaching me about the clear gospel in your evangelism class and your passion for ministry. If it wasn't for ministries like Ranch reaching out not only to Christian kids but especially the nonchurched, I might have never heard the good news.
Bill Olsen
May 22, 2012
Ray was such a blessing to so many people. He will be miss-
ed here on earth by the many families he was able to help change their life for the Lord!! May God continue to bless & love your family!!!
Tammy Smith
May 22, 2012
I have fond memories of Ray coming to the Florida Keys to hold a teen Bible Study. I was just five or six years old. My two older sisters, Venetia and Sylvia Felton attended. Ray stopped by my house and convinced my mother to let me go too. He would stop by each week and give me a ride on his motorcycle. I heard the simple plan of salvation and trusted Christ as my Savior. Ray encouraged me to memorize scripture. Each week he would give me new verses to memorize. That help give me a foundation and a love for the Word of God, for which I am so thankful. My prayer goes out to Susan, Lee, Jayne and Patti and your families during this time. May the Lord comfort your hearts with His presence and the hope of that glorious reunion when we meet our loved ones again. Lois Felton DuBose
Lois DuBose
May 22, 2012
Thanks Dr. Ray Stanford for inspiring Dr. Hank Lindstrom, both who were fantastic at preaching and teaching the Bible in a clear manner with profound resonance from the Holy Spirit who filled their sails. Both, also, have inspired me deeply, more than any others who spoke about "The Good News". Thank you God. John 3:16 :)
Kenneth "Ken" Wilbourne Jr
May 22, 2012
I will never forget the summers that I trveled to Florida for the Ranch conferences and hear Doc Stanford speak. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness and ministry. There will be many who will be in heaven because of his ministry.
David Wersler (Doylestown Youth Ranch, Doylestown, PA) Houston, TX
David Wersler
May 22, 2012
Thank you Ray, because you were true to the gospel I came to know Jesus as my savior. Your ministry continues to grow through all the lives you touched, it is never ending. My love and prayers go to Susan, Lee, Jayne and Patti and all the family.
Bonnie Morrow (Carroll) Wilhite
May 22, 2012
Ray Stanford: was that Gospel Driven Man, He never dripped his colors, he remained true to the Crystal Clear Gospel of Jesus Christ, And never missed an opportunity to lead someome to the Lord. So If your reading this and want to know how to get to Heaven, Well, Heaven is a perfect place and we're not perfect, because we have sinned, we can't enter into heaven. God loved us so much that he sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ to pay our sins on the cross,you can not earn your way to Heaven, but through Faith in Him and Him alone, by simply taking God at His word, and putting your trust in Him to take you there. Right Now, why not trust Jesus Christ as your Savior? Tell the Lord that you believe that He paid for all your sins and that you are trusting Him to take you to Heaven when you die. and in I John 5;13 says- ..."That ye may Know that ye have eternal life." We all have the ability to witness- This was what Ray was all about. It's not a question of CAN you; it's a question of WILL you. Will you let your light shine?
Trina Arnold-Barnes
May 22, 2012
Lee, Jayne, Patti, Susan and family,

I will be remembering you in prayer as you go through this difficult time. Dr. Stanford's life had an exponential affect on so many lives through the work he did and through the work each of you have done. My thoughts and prayers are especially with you, Jayne and Susan, since our lives were intertwined through the Christian Youth Ranch in Pharr, Texas. Thank you Jayne, for your love and dedication to so many teenagers in the Rio Grande Valley, for so many years. You are loved and I will remember Ray with fondness.

Love and prayers,

Cyndi Doty Aldrich
Cyndi Aldrich
May 22, 2012
Ray was such a blessing to me in my "growing up" years! I would not be where I am today if it were not for Youth Ranch and FBC!! God sure used him in a mighty way!! My prayers to Lee, Jayne,Patti and families for your loss!!
Beverly Riggs Brown
May 22, 2012
Thanks Ray...I came to know the Lord as my Saviour at one of your Ranch meetings many years ago. You baptized me at Grove Community Church shortly afterwards and I thank GOD for your life of winning souls for HIM. I look forward to seeing you again soon along with so many of my "Heavenly Family". Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow.
Dave Raab
May 22, 2012

We met the Standfords when Ray had Youth For Christ on Sat. nights. Then he showed us the property for the Bible College.
Later Ray came to Key Largo to have Bible Studies for us teenagers. How he gounded us in Christ and the Word of God. He had a great love for souls and providing the Truth of God's Word. Thanks, Ray, Many of us will see you again before too long. Our love and prayers are with Susan, Lee, Jayne and Patti. Sylvia (Felton) Crowe
Sylvia Felton Crowe
May 22, 2012
My husband and I are eternally grateful to this man for the ministries he started. It is through them we both understood the gospel and accepted Christ.
You had your foilbles and faults as we all do, but we give thanks for the vision you had, especially for teenagers. See you in heaven. Praying for great comfort to all family members.
Denise Ballentine
May 22, 2012
A life well lived is a journey of the heart, the mind, and the spirit. Ray lived well and we give thanks that his journey brought him into our lives, even as he travels on into the next. God Bless.
Jen
May 22, 2012
Looking forward to seeing you again Doc. Your warm smile and kind words will not soon be forgotten.
Dave Dion
May 22, 2012
As a graduate of Florida Bible College, I am so grateful for Dr. Stanford and what he meant to my spiritual life for so many years! Many of the most important things that I know, I first learned through Doc and his teaching and influence. About 3 years ago while on vacation in Daytona Beach, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with him and thank him personally. One of the highlights of my life! Well done Doc! Thanks!
Jim Bennett
May 22, 2012
They that turn many to righteousness shall shine . . .
Bob Gilbert
May 22, 2012
Ray Stanford brings back many many memories, in 1948 he was teaching a Sunday Class of 14-15 year old boys and he asked each of us if we died today did we no where we would spend all eternity. I wasn't sure and I bowed my head and asked Jesus to forgive my sins and come into my heart and be my Savior. Jesus changed my life and I have been living for the Lord since that day I trusted Christ. My Daddy died when I was six years old, my Mother never remarried and he was also like my physical Daddy. He took me Fishing and to Ball Games! My wife and I are praying for all the family during this time of loss.
May 22, 2012
One man, one sinner saved by grace . . . God used this man who dedicated his life to winning souls, to change my life. He led my spiritual daddy, Hank Lindstrom, to Christ, and I know they are rejoicing together now in Jesus's presence. Where would I be without Dr. Stanford's ministry. Thanks, Lee, Jayne, and Patti, for sharing him with us. Not until eternity will we really know how far his influence has reached, and will continue reaching. Love and prayers to you in this difficult time. Heaven is getting closer every day.
Barbara Kingman
May 22, 2012
You have left us for a much better place. We love you and will always miss you!
Lori Morris Webb
May 22, 2012
He changed lives for all eternity and his legacy lives on today...so many of us are his children,great grandchildren,etc spiritually and i pray i can continue to "pass the baton"to of the clearity of the gospel...thanx Ray! Savor ur riches in heaven now with our Saviour...c u soon..with love
Kathy Wagner
May 22, 2012
We will be praying for the family.
Doc led me to the Lord in August 1972. I am a pastor today and still use the hand gesture, the P.E. book, and still teach what we learned at FBC. We thank the Lord for Doc's faithfulness in reaching so many for Christ. Tom & Sue Cucuzza
May 22, 2012
If it was not for Dr. Stanford and his son Lee I would not be pastoring a church today.
Thank the LORD for the testimony that Doc Stanford had & will continue to live on
Pastor Bob &Lois Glossenger
May 22, 2012
FINALLY HOME!!!!
Our love and prayers go out to the family. Doc was a tremendous influence in our lives.
Praise the Lord for his long life, and many folks hearing the Gospel through-out his life.
George and Linda Heckman
FBC alumni
Linda Heckman
May 22, 2012
I am yet another one of his spiritual grandchildren and I thank God for him.
Robert Norton
May 22, 2012
I will be praying for the family in their time of loss. I certainly will miss my dear friend.
Chuck Zeman
May 22, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you Susan. Love, Janelle
Janelle Barbour
May 22, 2012
Thank you Ray for all you did for our Lord, our Country and our family. We already miss you. See you in heaven brother.
Randy & Stacey Morris
May 22, 2012
Lee, Jane, and Patty,
Thanks for loaning your dad to me for 48 years. Your sacrifice was equally great in sharing him with the world.We needed him. God used him in a mighty way. Yankee and Betty
May 22, 2012
I know you are praising our Lord and Savior with my mom and dad!(Mary Lee and Arnold Aronson) How they loved you! My prayers are with your children and grandchildren, Sandy and Lee.
So comforting to know you are now in perfect health, barefoot waterskiing on the waves in heaven!
Beth Aronson- Meggs
Beth Aronson- Meggs
May 22, 2012
Thank you, Ray, for all of the time you spent with me when I was a young person. Because of your teaching, I have never doubted God's love for me. Your caring ministry made a huge impact on my decisions in life. My prayers are with you children and grandchildren. I know you are rejoicing in heaven at this time.
Marjorie Laird (Jones)
May 22, 2012
We don't actually ever lose the people we love, even to death; they remain in our hearts and our memories forever. Death may leave a heartache difficult to heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal. You're in our thoughts and prayers and we know your friends will comfort you, your faith will sustain you, and your memories will be with you always. "For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end." Psalm 48:14. Our deepest sympathy to you and yours. Love Always, Noel & Harold
Noel Burmeister
May 22, 2012
To know Ray Stanford was an adventure. Joe and I know that Ray, right now,is grinning from ear to ear greeting Jesus and all those he introduced to our Savior. Praise God for our buddy, Ray. Mair and Joe Gautier
May 22, 2012
james scudder sr.
May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012
What a blessing your family has been to me. May God grant you His all encompassing comfort and be glorified as you celebrate the life of your father and the impact he had for Christ.
Donna Peabody Rodgers
May 22, 2012
Thank you for a GREAT foundation from the Word of God. Praying for Susan, Lee, Jayne and Patti during this time of personal loss.
Jane Barnard
May 22, 2012
Thank you, Ray, for the profound influence you had in my life. My sincere sympathy to all the Stanford family.
Suzette Wallace
May 22, 2012
Thanks be to God for your "soul winners heart" who led my Dad to the Lord almost 40 years ago. Eternally grateful... Greg Lindsay
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