Raymond Lowell “Tuff” Emerson

"Tuff" Emerson

"Tuff" Emerson

Raymond Lowell "Tuff" Emerson passed away on Aug. 3, 2016 after battling cancer for a year. He was born in Oberlin, Kans. on Sept. 19, 1926 to Inez and Charles Emerson. He served in the United States Army 1945-1946. He attended college in Hays, Kans. where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Land Surveying in 1953. He held licenses in Kansas and Oklahoma. He surveyed all over the western states.

On Oct. 23, 1954 he married Patsy Pendelton, who was the love of his life, in Lovington, N.M. The couple moved to Rawlins in 1971. During high school and college, Tuff played football and wrestled. Later, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling. At age 55 he took up golfing, and became very good at it! He is famous for hitting two holesinone, and was even pictured on the front page of Golf Quarterly magazine!

Tuff worked first at Northern National in Hobbs, N.M., and then continued his career working for CIG in Garden City, Kans. and Rawlins. He retired in 1989.

He was a lifetime member of the Sinclair Golf Course and the Elks Lodge.

Tuff never knew a stranger, and was always willing to help anyone, especially family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patsy, and two daughters, Teresa Heekin and Lawanna Straatsma, four grandchildren, Tad, Earl, and Barry Davidson and Jared Straatsma, and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was the most wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed by all.

A private family service has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Rawlins Elks Lodge. Online condolences can be left at carboncountyfuneralhome.com.

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