Ray Schuppan passed away quietly at his home in Raton on July 29. He was 85. Ray was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Floyd R. and Elma Schuppan on March 21, 1930. He grew up in Banner County, Nebraka, and Goshen County.
Ray was a farrier, brand inspector and later a mail carrier in Goshen County. He later became an inspector and zone manager for Oppenheimer Industries where he helped with cattle operations on ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Kansas.
In later years, Ray started collecting bits, spurs and cowboy memorabilia. He later served as the President of the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association.
Ray is survived by his wife, Charlotte Hennigan; son, Punch Hennigan and his wife, Rose; daughter, Debbie Floyd and her husband, Wes; daughter, Sharla Kirkman and her husband, Steve, all from the Raton area; son, Brad Schuppan and his wife, Darla, from Angel Fire; daughter, Beckie Havely and husband, Pat, from Torrington; and daughter, Robyn Schuppan, from Cheyenne, Wyoming; brother, Ralph Schuppan and wife, Darlene, of Torrington, Wyoming; nephew, Rod Schuppan and wife, Cathy, of Morrill, Nebraska; and niece, DeDe Buckhaults and husband, Ross, of Yoder, Wyoming; grandchildren, Tara Jeanne Schuppan, Katie Toxclair, John “J.J.” Floyd, Brian Hennigan and Alisa Levandoski; great-grandchildren, Triston, Justin and Jack.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Elma and nephew, Ed Schuppan.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday Aug. 6, 2015 at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association (NBSSCA) Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 1969, Addison, TX 75001.