Raymond Toby Rael

Raymond Toby Rael, 69, passed away on Jan. 7, 2024, at his home in Commerce City, Colo.

Raymond was born on Aug. 18, 1954, in Alamosa, Colo., to Celsa (née Vialpando) and Raymond E. Rael.  He was raised in Romeo, Colo., alongside his four sisters and three brothers. He graduated from Centauri High School in 1972 and went on to study Chemistry at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor's in Science.

After several years, Raymond relocated to Omaha, Neb., and worked as chemist with Future Foam, eventually landing a position as Chief Chemist and Quality Manager with William H. Harvey Company for many years. He retired from there in 2011.

Much more importantly, Raymond was the proud father of two children, Reanna Leigh (born 1982) and Marco Phillip (born 1984). He enjoyed taking his family camping, going for bike rides in the park, and taking them to baseball games. He was a leader in his son's Boy Scout troop and helped coach little league. He often reflected on those times as being some of his happiest memories. He moved back to his native Colorado in 2022.

Raymond was a lifelong Denver Broncos fan and never missed watching a game. Later in life, he found joy in conversing with his daughter while going for walks around the neighborhood and playing bingo and pool with his friends at his apartment community.

He was preceded in death by his son, Marco Rael; Father, Raymond E. Rael; Brother-in-law, Victor Martinez.

Raymond is survived by his Daughter, Reanna (Michael Lewis) Rael; Mother, Celsa Rael; Siblings — Sara Lee, Julia (Donald) Chavez, Sally (Gilbert) Lopez, Cathy Martinez, James (Cindy) Rael, Randy (Lynn Craigo) Rael, and Ken (John O'Brien) Rael; Ex-wife and mother of his children, Diana (Ronald) Sandoval; Former partner of over 20 years, Patricia Tyson. He is also survived by many much-loved nieces, nephews and friends.

Per his request there will be no funeral service. A gathering of family/friends will be held at a later date.