September 7, 1958 ~ November 7, 2019

Born in: Wichita, KS
Resided in: Denver, CO

Raymond Eric Burgin was born in Wichita Kansas on September 7, 1958 to William Alexander (Billy) Burgin and DeLois Jones-Wright-Burgin-Washington. He was the 7th child of eight siblings. His father Billy, brother Gregory Burgin, and daughter Raven Williams preceded him in death.

His work ethics started early as a child of 3 years old. Every morning starting at 6 am he would borrow his mother’s car keys and place them in the handle of his tricycle and drive it around the house over and over again. If you would ask him where he was going, he would reply “to work.”
It was also during his young age that his family was introduced to the imaginary world of Red Bear and Brown Bear. If Raymond did something good the Red Bear would get the credit, but if it was mischievous, he would blame it on the Brown Bear. One day he had a soda and had to leave it in the refrigerator because he was leaving with a relative and couldn’t take it with him. He told his sisters, “Please do not let my brothers drink up my soda. Well needless to say, the sisters didn’t watch very well and he came home to discover his loss. When he asked about it, his sisters told him that the Brown Bear drank it up. He thought about it for a minute and said, “Naw, that Brown Bear didn’t drink it, those boys drank it up.” And, that was the last of both bears.

Raymond started his early education in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Denver during his 3rd grade year. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School he became a certified draftsman and worked for Gates Rubber Company. He and his brother Gregory started a company of their own, which was very successful for a number of years. Raymond also managed an apartment building and held managerial positions with a tele-marketing company.
When his mother became ill and needed a caregiver, he moved in with her and worked part time. Then as she aged and needed more care, he gave up his time working and became a full time caregiver for her. Just as an example of the task he took on to care for his mother, when she wanted her paper at 4 am he would get it for her.

Raymond was funny, smart, entertaining, protective, had words of wisdom, and a big heart. He loved his family, and all and all he was quite a character.
He leaves behind to cherish and hold his memory, daughter, Summer Harris-Craft; son Randall Rhymes; mother, DeLois Washington; sisters, Carol Smart (Richard); Sheila Jones, Vicki Burgin-Briggs, Tarlena Burgin; brothers, John Kenneth Wright Jr. (Ruby); William Alexander Burgin Jr. (Ruby); Aunts, Dolores Smith, Virgina Fuller; grandchildren, Javier, Samia, Saniya, Jeramiah, and Jesiah Craft, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relativesand friends.


Visitation: November 16, 2019 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: November 16, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Interment: November 16, 2019 12:30 pm

Crown Hill Cemetery
7777 West 29th Avenue
Denver, CO 80215

Reception: November 16, 2019 1:30 pm

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

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  1. As family and friends gather, may you find comfort in God’s amazing love and infinite grace. It is my belief that Raymond is now resting in assured, glorious peace.

  2. Rest in peace Raymond you will be Truely missed your Journey is done you Took care of your Mom you have earn your wings R.I.H Love ya Fontenot Family.

  3. I’ll miss my dominoes and spade partner for life. I’ll always remember the fun we had when I was living with you and grandma Dee and the way we fried up that brisket she made us when she left for a week. It was what made you my favorites uncle R.I.P Uncle Raymond.
    Love ya, Junebug

  4. Our sincere condolences to all of Raymond’s Families. God bless your hearts and minds in his passing, as you call upon your memories for comfort. You have our continued prayers. The Roundtree Family

  5. Uncle Raymond you are truly missed you are a blessing here on this Earth to me and I miss you dearly I know that I’ll See You Again One Day in heaven because what you did for your mother God did not overlook I love you and I’ll see you again my friend you were my favorite uncle God bless from the Carroll s

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