Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery

10201 Grant St, Thornton, CO


Raymond A Route

22 April , 19243 November , 2014

Raymond Arthur Route, beloved husband, father and friend, died November 3, 2014 at home in Arvada, Colorado. He was 90 years old. Neala, his wife of 42 years, had passed away in 1988. They are survived by two sons, Ronald (daughter-in-law, Kip) and Gary (daughter-in-law, Cheryl); along with three grandsons: Brian, Matthew and James.

A native of Colorado, he was born in Denver in 1924. Since 1962, he had lived in Wheat Ridge.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater in World War II and was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force for the Korean War. He worked more than 40 years for the Western Electric Company, rising to become an office supervisor.

Over the years, his real passion was working with young people, leading a squadron in Civil Air Patrol in the 1950’s. He was a founding director of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and provided adult leadership and mentoring for hundreds of Blue Knights from 1958-1972.

The memories of Ray will be fondly remembered. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Services were held on Friday, November 7th at 2pm at Olinger Highland Mortuary and Cemetery. Interment that followed the funeral service featured members of the Buckley Air Force Base Honor Guard and former Blue Knight, Andy Smart, who played taps.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. 1137 S. Jason St. Denver, CO. 80223 (checks payable to : Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.)



  • Funeral Service Friday, 7 November , 2014


  • Interment, Reception to follow burial


Raymond A Route

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7 November 2014

Our sympathy is with you today. My Dad Warren and Ray are cousins. Your parents compilation of the family tree is so appreciated. We are sorry we cannot be with you today, may he rest in peace.


Dave and Kim Route

Beth Bleidt -Graf

6 November 2014

Many memories of Col. Route. Kind man who kept us all in line!
Thoughts and prayers to all of the family. Your father will be deeply missed.

6 November 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Ray was a kind and thoughtful man. I worked with Ray many years. He was the man to see whenever we had a question. He always had the right answers. We will miss him. John and Mary DiMatteo


6 November 2014

My deepest sympathy to the family. May the God of loyal love comfort the family during your time of sorrow. Psalms 119:76

Vicki Carrington

6 November 2014

Coll Route was a father figure to me when I desperately needed. May he rest in peace and join again with Mrs. Route.

Dick Wentland

6 November 2014

I was in the BK for the last year or two of his involvement, he is legendary in my mind. I wish peace and fond memories for your whole family. Thank you for all you did, for all those kids...

6 November 2014

Hi Ron and Gary:

I was saddened by the news of Ray's death.

The other side of the coin...He lived a long and meaningful life. I and Jerry and Lew and I can't count how many other lives he touched with his dedication to the Civil Air Patrol and the Blue Knights.

Rest in peace old friend.

You will be greatly missed.

Sheldon Fertman

Kay Walling

6 November 2014

Wish we could be with you at this time, but you have our prayers. Don and Kay