Meinzer was born on November 3, 1893. He graduated from Rio Grande County
High School in Monte Vista, Colorado in 1912. Ray married Gladys Krause
in 920. He worked as an agriculture tractor salesman and cut and sold ice
for refrigeration. His wife Gladys died in 1926.
spent time in New Orleans learning the breeding and raising of chinchillas.
He pursued this line of work upon his return to Monte Vista.
1930 he started a produce trucking business that transported fresh produce
between Phoenix, Arizona and Monte Vista Colorado.
had a long time interest in prospecting and mining and staked numerous mineral
claims in the mountains of Colorado. In the late 1940's he began a business
in the lapidary field. With his knowledge of the mountains he found many
deposits of semi-precious stones, which he cut and polished into jewelry.
He also made many of his own silver settings for the stone he made. His
primary business eventually became one of making turquoise and fire opal
jewelry, which he sold mainly in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado.
died on July 24, 1966, in Monte Vista, Colorado.