Raymond Stokes

Raymond L. Stokes

Friday, March 24th, 1939 - Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
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Pastor Raymond L. Stokes, age 80, of Sidney, NE went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. He was a loving dad, grandpa and friend who touched many lives with his old west, mountain man, historian way of life. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 22nd in the First Baptist Church in Sidney with Pastor Nelson Osborn, Pastor Merv Goodrick and Brother Tony Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Lazy U4 Cemetery at Ray’s ranch southwest of Sidney. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Monday from 1-7:00 P.M. with family present from 4-7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to the First Baptist Church and mailed to 1507 20th Ave., Sidney, NE 69162. You may view Ray’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Ray’s care and funeral arrangements.
Raymond Lloyd Stokes was born to Harold R. and Leona Mae (Curliss) Stokes on March 24, 1939, in Olney Springs, CO. He graduated high school in Syracuse, KS in 1958. In 1959 he was married to Patricia Ann Froggatte and they were blessed with five children. In October of 1982, his wife Pat went home to Glory. Later he married Gladys M. Owens. They were married until her passing in April of 2017.
In 1974, The LORD called him to preach and that began his journey that led him to Sidney, NE
in 1975. He became the pastor of the First Baptist Church in February of 1976, where he served nearly 43 years as their faithful Pastor until his death. He was very devoted to his calling as a preacher of the Gospel.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold and his step- dad and mother, Bud and Leona Nichols, and both wives, Pat and Gladys. He is survived by his brother Vernon Stokes of Ulysses, KS his sister, Velma Klassen of Kendall, KS, five children, Mark (Rose) Stokes of San Jose, CA, Kim Manning of Potter, NE, Sherri Scholdberg of Sidney, NE, Greg (Julie) Stokes of Sidney, NE, Joshua (Lindsey) Stokes of Coweta, OK, nineteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, October 21st, 2019 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
    1140 10th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Family will be present from 4-7:00 p.m.
  • Service

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 |
    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
    First Baptist Church
    17th and Jackson
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Nelson Osborn
    Pastor Merv Goodrick
  • Interment

    Sidney, NE
    SIDNEY, NE 69162


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Shirley Wilson

Posted at 12:08am
Pastor Ray was a joyful, wonderful person and always a pleasure to spend time with. May he rest in peace and his family and friends find his memory a comfort during this time. He was truly a bright star.

Shirley Wilson, RRT-NPS

Anna Naber

Posted at 01:04pm
Ray was a very sweet man and a regular where i worked always enjoyed seeing him, prayers to the family in this sad time

Lisa Kesselring

Posted at 10:06am
We're so sorry to hear of your loss. Our Thoughts and prayers our with your family. Raymond will be missed. Thinking of all of you and praying for all of you!!!!

The Kesselring family

Mary Ann wittboldt

Posted at 10:03am
He was a great man. He always came into Perkins with a smile on his face. He would always tell me stories he will be missed deeply

Dale Parkes

Posted at 04:36pm
Condolences to surviving relatives and friends of Raymond Stokes as well as members of First Baptist Church.

I've known Raymond Stokes for over a decade and a half and would attend services at First Baptist Church to hear him preach if I was on a trip that resulted me being in Sidney when there was a scheduled Church Service. I knew Raymond Stokes as the Bootwearer Preacher.

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