Robert Lee Ray of St. James, Missouri was born in Rolla, Missouri on July 9, 1948 to Delmar and Laura (Dean) Ray and passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at the age of 71 years.
At the age of 17 Robert was drafted by the United States Army. He proudly served for six years during the Vietnam War before being honorably discharged.
Glad to be back to his Missouri roots, Robert fell back into what he loved. He was always self sufficient and self employed. He knew that to get ahead in life it was up to him and nobody else. He loved to hunt, drag race and could built an engine like no one else.
His quote to the end was “I have fulfilled everything in life that I wanted to do, except for being a hobo. I always want to be a hobo, but the trains got to fast.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Laura Ray; sisters, Geneva Wright, and Mable Loughridge; brother, Joe Ray; and nephew, Douglas Loughridge.
He is survived by his fianeé, Paulette Moreland (Pete) of Cook Station, Missouri; her daughters, Kayla Moreland of Cook Station, Missouri and Julie Moreland and daughter Chloe of Rolla, Missouri; sister, Phyllis Hancock of St James, Missouri; brother-in-law, Jim Loughridge of Rolla, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Dave Wright and wife Sharon, Carl Plank, Marilyn Nelson and husband Terry, Clinda Miller and husband Rex, Carla Treece and husband Carl, and Kimberly Guill; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Ernie Coverdell officiating.
Internment was at the Adams Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
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