Ray married Doris Lee "Dori" Mock on March 17, 1951, at the Overland Park Presbyterian Church. The celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001. He was a 1952 graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Pharmacy, and moved to Fort Scott in 1953, where he lived the rest of his life.
He worked at Crown Drug, Hurst-Asher Rexall Drug Store, Fort Scott Drug, and was working at the Mercy Hospital pharmacy when he retired. Ray was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as both a deacon and an elder. He was a life Scoutmaster of Troop 114 of the First United Methodist Church. Scouts of the troop accompanied him and his family on trips as far away as the Hawaiian Islands.
Ray is survived by his wife Dori, of the home; three daughters, Beth Ann Black, Libby, Montana, Dianna Robinson, Denton, Texas, and Louann Hanson, Lawrence; son, Joseph Edward Robinson, Lawrence; three grandsons, Micah Seth Black, Gabriel Paul Black, both of Denver, Colorado, Joshua Douglas Hanson, Denton, Texas; and three granddaughters, Natalie Steinel, New Haven, Connecticut, Grace Steinel, Denton, Texas, and Cara Black, Kalispell, Montana; and great-grandson, Zackery Taylor Sciarrotta, Kalispell, Montana.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2006, at the First Presbyterian Church, Fort Scott, with burial in the U.S. National Cemetery with military honors by Olson Frary Burkhart VFW No. 1165. The family requests memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity, Crosslines of Kansas City, Missouri, or the First Presbyterian Church. Services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Online expressions of sympathy may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.