Raymond Ardray

Born: Wed., Jun. 11, 1952
Died: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017


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Ray, member of the Pawnee Nation, was born in Oklahoma City, OK on June 11, 1952. He grew up in Del
City, “the next to the largest city in Oklahoma” according to him.
He played baseball all through school and developed a love for the game. He shared his passion with his
sons, Ryan and Jeff Ardray, and they shared feelings of joy and crushing defeat watching the LA Dodgers
together. Growing up in OK, he also loved Sooner Football and he and his wife of 40 years, Judy, looked
forward to every September for more excitement and, once again, crushing defeat.
Ray worked all of his life until cancer robbed him of his energy. He sold oil and geothermal drilling
equipment for most of his life and cultivated many friends through his work. He was an easygoing guy
who even got along with the more “challenging” personalities.
In addition to his famous pecan pie, Ray was known for his love of music – all kinds. It gave him great
pleasure to “discover” a new artist or to make a great playlist and then share with anyone he believed
would enjoy hearing it. Family, friends and business associates were all beneficiaries of Ray’s musical
gifts. Music was his favorite form of communication.
There was little that Ray wouldn’t try – just scuba diving. Otherwise, he was up for just about any
adventure – travel, new foods, new music. However, he was a loyal kind of guy and always held his old
favorites near and dear and never sacrificed the old for the new.
In addition to his wife and sons, Ray is survived by daughters-in- law, Jessica Ardray (Jeff) and Vanessa
Funk (Ryan); grandchildren, Kandice Hernandez and Roscoe Funk Ardray; sister, Linda Ardray; aunt,
Lucille Hill; and cousins, Chip Hill and Jeannie Walker. He was preceded in death by his dad, Roscoe F.
Ardray and mother, Henrietta Eagle Ardray.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be held on September 30, at 1 p.m. at the Stockdale Event Center, 201
New Stine Road, Ste 350. You are encouraged to come and share your memories of Ray and have a hot
dog (other options will be available). If you have Sooner or Dodger gear, please feel free to wear. You
may also wear any other team gear you like with the exception of the Texas Longhorns or SF Giants.

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Keith and Rayna Crim
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
Keith and i are sorry for your great loss. Prayers to you. We won't be able to make it to the service, but we will be there with you in thought. We will keep you and your family in prayer.

Jan Jensen
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
This is very sad news. I have so many wonderful , funny memories of our times in our 20's: going to Dallas and Six Flags on a whim,laughing and playing endless board games, visiting with Judy and Ray when they came on a New Orleans visit. He was funny and kind and so much fun to be around. Although time and distance separated us all, those Norman, Midwest City,Choctaw, Harrah times stay with me. I love you, Judy.

Lisa Henson Eddy
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
My love and prayers go out to Judy and the boys. Ray was a loving, funny,
kind human being who brought happiness when he was in the room. What a wonderful
obituary for a wonderful man.

Randy Reynolds
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
I remember Ray always had a good sense of humor too. Sad to see his passing.

steve davenport
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
The lose of Ray has taken a lot of love and beauty from this Earth and the Sun isn't as bright. When the birds sing and when the birds sing, or the breeze touches my face i will feel his soul and the touch of his heart in my being..Ray your smile always made me feel the love that you gave to all ..To know you was blessing and a gift that i will cherish for eternity..Judy i will always be here for you and your family..I am sending you all my love and wish i could hold you all in my arms.

steve a davenport
   Posted Fri August 25, 2017
The world is a lesser place without you Ray.

Charles Curry
   Posted Fri August 25, 2017

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Chuck Curry.

You and the family are in my thoughts. Ray always made me feel welcome. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

M J Jarmon of Dothan, Ala
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
I offer my heartfelt condolences to Judy and the Ardray family and friends of Raymond. When death robs us of someone we love very much, it causes much sadness and grief. Our loving heavenly Father, Jehovah God, (Psalm 83:18) gives us hope at Revelations 21: 4 says: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. May these promises from Jehovah God bring you comfort. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25) Again, the family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences.

   Posted Thu August 31, 2017
My heartfelt sympathy to Judy and her family for this great loss. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you

John Harte
   Posted Thu August 31, 2017
I so enjoyed having Ray in my Levan Institute for Life Long Learning photography classes. He was a wonderful man and a joy to spend those evenings with. My deepest condolences to Ray's family and all who knew and loved him.