Richard “Rick” Lee Ray, 67, was born November 18, 1950 in El Paso, TX to Charles and Helen Ray. He passed away on March 19, 2018 in Hobbs.
Rick grew up in El Paso and attended Parkland High School. He married Diane Ray on September 15, 1970 in El Paso, TX. After high school he entered the US Army in 1970. He served in Panu Jong, S. Korea. He attended El Paso School of Electronics and did service repair for Montgomery Ward, he moved to Carlsbad then to Hobbs where he served as store manager. In 1979 he started as a firefighter in Hobbs and was promoted to Lieutenant and then retired as Captain in 1999.
He enjoyed going to the sandhills and camping with his family. Rick loved to tinker and make things better. He was a great friend to people, always willing to help others. He was very proud of his sons and loved his family.
He leaves behind his wife, Diane; two sons, Mark Ray and his wife Elena and Todd Ray all of Hobbs; three grandchildren, Brice Ray, Tayler Ray and Matthew Ray all of Hobbs; one brother, Larry Wilkins of El Paso, TX and two sisters, Debbie Palmer of Cedar Park, TX and Sherry Smith of Plano, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rick is preceded in death by his, step-dad, Glenn, mother, Helen and brother Douglas Wilkins and sister, Beverly Nolen.
My sincerest condolences to you Diane, Mark and Todd. Rick was always very kind and generous to me and I really enjoyed when we would all get together. Lots of good fun and an abundance of laughter. I’m honored to have known him. My prayers are with you.
Stephanie FleesEl Paso, TX
Thanks for great times we shared and the awesome memories that will last a lifetime... Love you Rick!
Rest in peace brother....
David PerselyHobbs, NM
Had the pleasure to work with Rick at HFD in the past. It was a true comfort when on the line at a scene and you knew Rick Ray had your back. Not only was he a strong and brave individual but he was a load of fun to be around. I can still see and hear his laugh. When Rick was on a project- you knew it was going to be right- to the smallest detail. Condolences to all the family and friends. You were one of my favorite people to ever work with Rick. RIP old friend...
Mark BiggsHouston, TX
Rick was my last Captain while on shift at HFD, C-Shift , he taught us how to be the best, and filled us with pride in ourselves. He expected the best we had and better from himself. Definitely made us all better Firefighters and better persons! Even when you disagreed there was much respect. A great man, firefighter, father, leader!
RIP Captain Ray, Never Forget!
Tony ArsbonHobbs, NM