Sgt. First Class Raymond Val Brusha passed away suddenly at home on December 20th, 2020. Ray is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jolena Brusha, his daughter Katya Laughlin, son-in-law Joseph Laughlin, his two sisters; Carolyn Seek and Becky Brusha, three nephews, two nieces and 8 great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Marvin and Evelyn Brusha, and his sister, Barbara Hamersky. Born in Fairfax, MO on May 11th, 1951, Ray grew up in nearby Rockport and moved to Greely in 1972, where he met Jolena after a cross-country motorcycle trip. Ray received his BA in journalism in 1984. He retired from his position as a recruiter for the CO Army National Guard in 1999 after a total of 26 years military service. He was a long time captain of the State Pistol Team. He started a small business in 2005, A Ray of Window Service. He loved music, travel, scuba, reading, watching movies, his pets and to talk. He had a beautiful voice, was known for his sense of humor and always ready with a story. He will be dearly missed. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at a later date when large gatherings become safe again.

12 thoughts on “Raymond Val Brusha”

  1. Jolena, Ray and I served together in the Guard. He was such a delightful person and known as the voice of the Colorado Guard. He always spoke about his love for you. I am saddened to hear of his passing as he was a wonderful man and soldier. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

    1. Thanks, Jerre
      I remember you. 🙂
      My email address is jolenabrusha@gmail.com. Please let me know if you’d like to attend a celebration of Ray’s life by sending me an email. I’m trying to get organized to put one together for him when covid is under control. All my best, Jolena

  2. Jolena – I had the pleasue of serving with Ray in the Colorado National Guard for a few years in the 90’s. He had a wonder voice and did a wonderful job when he was the MC for our events with the military. I am sad to hear of his passing. My husband and I send our prayers, hugs, and thoughts of peace with you at this time.

    1. Thanks, Scotti,
      My email address is jolenabrusha@gmail.com. Please let me know if you’d like to attend a celebration of Ray’s life by sending me an email. I’m trying to get organized to put one together for him when covid is under control. All my best, Jolena

  3. Loved Ray! Good man, good friend and comrade in arms. Prayers for our Brother Ray and his family. You will be missed my Brother. Until we meet again!

  4. Ray worked for me and “with” me for several years, always to be counted on. He will be missed for all he did and gave.

  5. Ray enlisted me into the Colorado Guard and I worked with him at the Boulder Armory for several years. Great guy! It was my honor to know you. R.I.P. Ray, you are missed.

  6. It was my honor and please to have served in the Guard with Ray and to have worked with him as he served as “the Voice of the Colorado Guard” at so many Guard functuions. R.I.P Brother and know that you’ll be missed by many. May the many beautiful memories of life with Ray comfort his family and friends now and into the future.

  7. Ray will be greatly missed by all of us who had the pleasure to serve with him. Ray was kind hearted, with a big smile. Ray loved life and family. Thanks for blessing with your friendship, Rest In Peace.

  8. Sending condolences to Jolena and Katya with news of Ray’s passing. It is a sad end to Ray’s time with family and friends. Rest in peace Ray.

  9. Ray was a friend for many years. I travelled through Belize and Guatemala with Jolena and Ray 33 years ago. Everyday was filled with laughter and adventure. I was in their wedding. Ray was a funny, smart man who loved his family and friends with passion. He would lend a helping hand to anyone. He had multiple talents and a tremendous energy for life. I will miss you Ray. Rest in Power.

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