Ray Duard Anderson, 92, died on October 31, 2020, in a local Abilene hospice.
No public funeral services will be held. His remains will be interred at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene next to his wife, Dorris, and a private service will be held with immediate family.
Ray was born January 7, 1928, near New Home, to Charley and Rosa Mae Anderson.
He spent most of his early years on the family farms near Plains in Yoakum County.
Ray graduated from Ropesville high school, and soon thereafter, joined the United States Army and went to Japan as part of the occupational forces after World War II.
He married Dorris Phillips in 1949, and they farmed for many years in the Whitharral and Levelland area.
After retiring from farming, Ray and Dorris moved to Weatherford. There he developed his second career as a spur maker and was well known and respected for his skill.
He crafted more than 1500 pairs of spurs during his lifetime and his creations remain very collectible items.
In 2004, Ray and Dorris made their final move to Abilene.
Ray was a member of the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clyde; and sister, Latrell. His son, Ronnie, preceded him in death in 2005, and his wife, Dorris, preceded him in death in 2009.
Ray is survived by his son, Jerry and wife, Debbie, of Bartlesville; daughter, Bette Anderson of Abilene; grandson, Quint Anderson of Weatherford; grandson, Travis Anderson of Austin; granddaughter, Alison Martin and husband, Shawn, of Blanchard, Oklahoma; granddaughter, Julie Anderson of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; nephew, Doug Appling and wife, Mia, of Houston; niece, Karen White and husband, David, of The Woodlands; and several great- grandchildren.
Ray enjoyed his family and was dearly loved by his friends and family.
The family suggests that any memorial gifts may be directed to your favorite charity.