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Old 06-29-2021, 01:09 PM
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Default My Dad

Lost a great aviator this week, my Dad.
Wrote a short blurb for him:

Dads Obituary
Retired Colonel Robert Garrett Ray went to meet his Lord and Savior on June 28th 2021. He was born to modest beginnings in a small farmhouse in Mars Hill NC, September 10th, 1930. He was the seventh of eight children of Avon and Carrie Ray. Growing up in the Great Depression taught him valuable life lessons of hard work, dedication and patriotism. Too young for World War 2 he would finish College, a first for male children of his family via a baseball scholarship at Mars Hill College. Later he would attend Masters teaching classes at Appalachian State Teachers College, now Appalachian University in Boone NC. This is where his life would be forever altered with the meeting of his future wife and life partner of sixty five years, Betsy June Hughes. Later he would change career desires from teaching to joining the fledgling United States Air Force. He would serve a tour in the Korean War as a crew member in the first radar equipped Jet Fighter, the F94B. He would later serve two more combat tours in Viet Nam as a crew member in the F105G Wild Weasel. Additionally he was instrumental in the U2 aircraft development at the famed Lockheed “Skunk Works”. During all this he would raise a family of three children, three grandchildren and move to countless locations around the globe and serve his country with honor.
He finally retired in 1980 after nearly 30 years of service. Throughout retirement he stayed active as a civilian flight instructor and aircraft inspector. He enjoyed Bluegrass music, flying and more than anything loved his family. He and Betsy were active members of Crosspoint Church in Niceville Florida.

Colonel Ray is survived his three children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


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Old 06-29-2021, 01:16 PM
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Sorry for your loss Smokey. Sounds like he was a great Dad.
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Old 06-29-2021, 01:41 PM
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We should all be so lucky to know illustrious men like your father. I'm sorry for your loss.
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Old 06-29-2021, 01:42 PM
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Very nice tribute Smoky. Im glad you have good memories of your father.
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Old 06-29-2021, 02:13 PM
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Default Sorry for your loss.

90+ good years.

Nice tribute----thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-29-2021, 02:58 PM
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Sorry for your loss. He sounds like the kind of guy we'd all like to know.
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Old 06-29-2021, 03:15 PM
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Default Prayers Are Yours Today

Smokey,

Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful tribute to your father who is the epitome of a generation which, today, goes largely unappreciated by another generation---a generation that seems at times completely oblivious to history itself. I haven't even met your father, but your tribute to him proves just how alive and well he really is, and even more inspiring is the guarantee that I will get to shake his hand someday. Better yet, I'll probably hug him. He did so much for me and my generation of Cold War babies.

Blessings to you, my friend!
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Old 06-29-2021, 03:39 PM
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Smokey,
Throwing a nickel on the grass.

Cheers to the Weasel warrior (and his fighter pilot son).
Clink - glug glug - SMASH!

The prayer light is on bright/flash.
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Old 06-29-2021, 03:48 PM
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Sorry for your loss Smokey.

Your dad surely was great man. I wish I'd met him!
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Old 06-29-2021, 04:55 PM
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I can’t be sorry for such a life well lived. He went out in peace, probably smiling.

A great man with a life well lived.

Later, Smoky.
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