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William Raymond “Ray” Goforth

May 17, 1929 - August 8, 2017

William Raymond Goforth, 88, of Conifer, Colorado died Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Bear Creek Care & Rehabilitation Center of Morrison, CO.

Ray (as he liked to be called) was born on May 17, 1929 in Old Shawnee Town, Illinois to the late Howard Raymond Goforth and Ruth Ethel (Trusty) Tarrant. He was a member of Aspen Ridge Church in Evergreen, CO.

Mr. Goforth was raised on the family farm in Illinois and as a teen went on to live in Pekin and began his career at Caterpillar Tractor Company. While living in Pekin he met Joyce McGill and they were married in 1949. They had two children, Marca and Lamonte (Monty) and enjoyed life in the country on their small farm outside Tremont, Ill. Ray enjoyed being with family and friends and loved serving in his church, Pekin Bible Church. He served as 6th grade boys Sunday School Teacher for 25 years, a deacon and trustee and a leader for the Peoria Rescue Mission. He and Joyce together led the youth group at Pekin Bible Church and were passionate about leading youth into a closer relationship in Christ. After 30 years with Caterpillar Tractor he retired and he and Joyce joined Rural Home Mission Association where they built and helped to plant 3 churches in the west. They settled in Conifer, CO and quickly became involved in Conference Baptist Church of Evergreen, now known as Aspen Ridge. Ray loved to camp, fish, hunt and eat breakfast. He loved to build and help people in his community and was a loved local handy man. He passed his vast knowledge of building and fishing on to his grandkids and great grandkids. Above all, Ray lived to share his love of Christ and never missed an opportunity to share the gospel with anyone he came in contact with. He would pick up hitchhikers with the sole intention of sharing Christ with them and a waitress never served him without hearing the story of how he came to Christ. Ray couldn’t wait to get to Heaven and be with loved ones who went before and to see his Lord and praise Him for eternity!

Ray is survived by his daughter Marca, 3 sisters, a brother, 4 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. The family has entrusted Evergreen Memorial Park in Evergreen, CO with Ray’s care.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Frontier School of the Bible, 125 5th Avenue, LaGrange, WY 82221


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  1. Michelle Ferdon says:

    So sorry for this loss. I will miss his smile and seeing hi m here in arcadia fl.

  2. Nancy Humphrey says:

    We were so surprised and so sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. He was a very special friend to the Arcadia Church of the Nazarene. We will miss him this winter. Your family will be in our prayers during this difficult time. Lots of Love to all the family from all Ray’s friends at the Arcadia,FL church of the Nazarene.

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