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Obituary of James William Raygor
James William Raygor “Jimi”, known for his oversized jersey’s, walking sticks, endearing smile, and immense LOVE for his family, friends, and coworkers, passed from this earth on December 11, 2020.
He was born in Iowa, raised in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Iowa. He spent many years in Colorado but he found his home in Cheyenne, Wy.
Jimi lived life on his terms. He was opinionated, sarcastic, and his had a heart larger than any man I have ever known. He was fiercely protective of his loved ones. He was never afraid to fight for what he felt was right.
Jimi was mostly raised by his by his best friend and Grandfather, James L Raygor, when is Grandfather passed he moved back to Des Moines to be reunited with his Mother’s side of the family.
When Jimi met adulthood, his life took many twists and turns. He went back to Phoenix Arizona for some time, as well as California. He Moved to Denver Colorado. His biggest wish was for a child to raise. With that in mind he began working with the Health Administration Center for the Veterans’ Affairs. He started out as a temp, front office clerk. He once told me he had to go to Good Will to get two outfits that were work appropriate. He washed his clothes in the hotel sink until he started moving up within the VA. Jimi worked hard and paid attention. He worked his way all the way up to Supervisory Program Analysist for R&R.
Jimi (James, as his work crew knew him as) was dearly loved by many from every part of his life. In May of 2010 he was blessed with the birth of his son, James Richard Raygor. They were the best of friends, just as Jimi had been with his Grandfather.
In June of 2019 Jimi married his true soul mate, Amber. Their life together was cut short by Jimi’s exit from this world. The time they spent together was almost always a love story. Some would even say it made him more likeable.
Jimi had been waiting for a Liver Transplant at Mayo in Arizona. On December 11, 2020 he got the call that his gift had arrived. Sadly his heart was too tired and could not handle to stress of the surgery. When his heart stopped, one was forever broken.
Jimi is survived by his wife Amber, his son James, his step children; Ezra, Jo (Bella), and Malachi. His “seeaster” Pam, his niece Mia, and his fur nephew Myrl. Many other family, friends that became family, as well as his family of coworkers at the VA HAC.
Jimi wanted you all to listen to In My “In My Time of Dying” by Led Zepplin and “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
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