Graveside services for Ray Ives, 61 year old Follett resident, were held Sunday, June 19, 2003 at 2:00pm at the Fairmont Cemetery northeast of Follett. The Reverend Clay Wells officiated. Services were under the direction of Johnson's Good Samaritan Funeral Service of Booker. At his request, there was no public viewing.
Raymond Eugene Ives was born May 16, 1942, at Follett, Tex., to Ralph and Margie (Fincher) Ives. He grew up in Enid, Okla., and graduated high school from Carrier High School in 1960. On March 24, 1961, he married Rachel Martin at Enid and they made their home in various places while he served in the United States Army. He left military service for a time and worked at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Enid, later serving as Police Officer there. He then returned to active military duty, and was stationed in various places, including, Berlin, Germany and Vietnam. Following his discharge in May, 1978, they returned to Follett where he worked as a truck driver for the oil industry.
Ray was disabled in 1997, and then helped his wife with the Sunshine Preschool and Day Care, where he had a numerous kids call him "Grandpa".
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Follett. Mr. Ives was also a member of the American Legion, Kiowa Post #635 of Darrouzett, the Darrouzett Volunteer Fire Department, and the Boy Scouts of America. He coached various sports and was active in all the sporting activities of his children. Ray loved children, telling military and truck driving stories, and was known as one who never met a stranger.
Mr. Ives died June 25, 2003 at Newman Memorial Hospital in Shattuck, at the age of 61 years, one month and nine days.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister.
Ray is survived by his wife, Rachel, of the home; two sons, Russell Ives, of Follett, and Cris Ives, of Newcastle, Okla.; a daughter RaGenia Ives, of Woodward, Okla.; two brothers and their wives, Jess and Mary Ives, of Follett, and Bob and Carol Ives, of Waukomis, Okla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Follett Education Commission.
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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