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Robert E. Ray 1927 - 2016
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Robert E. Ray 1927 - 2016

HOISINGTON — Robert E. Ray, 88, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 17, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Ralph E. and Thelma (Frakes) Ray. In 1948, he married Wanda L. Williams. They later divorced. He then married Judy K. Nickels on Dec. 31, 1969, in Sterling. When Robert was 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II, as a Fireman First Class. After returning from the war he worked many places, but most recently as a truck driver for both the Oil Fields and the Sterling CO-OP. Robert was also a beekeeper and owned and operated R.J. Apiary. After retirement Robert served as a councilman for the City of Hoisington and was a member of the zoning commission during the busy times after the 2001 tornado.
Mr. Ray was a member of the local Horseshoe Club and was a 50 year member of the Masons along with being a worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Judy K. Ray, of the home; a daughter, Debbie Laudermilk and husband Terry of Wichita; two grandchildren, Ryan Laudermilk of Topeka and Cara Cramer and husband Dan of Wichita; two great-granddaughters, Alice Cramer and Julia Ray Cramer; mother-in-law, Wanda P. Witt of Claflin; brother, Art Ray and wife Sharon of Siletz, Ore.; nephew, Gerry Ray of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; a niece, Laurie Schmit and husband Gerry of Houston, Texas; and two great-nephews, Andrew Schmit and wife Samantha of Columbus, Ohio and Michael Schmit of Houston, Texas.
Graveside services have been rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Sterling Community Cemetery, with honors by the United States Navy Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers and food, family would prefer memorials to Kans for Kids or the Hoisington Public Library, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS. 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 13, 2016