Ronald Dean Ray passed away peacefully on January 30th in North Little Rock.
Born on May 27th, 1951 in Texarkana, Arkansas, Ron grew up in Arkansas and was a true outdoorsman his entire life. Feeling his purpose on this planet was to be a hunter, he spent many hours in silence pursuing his passion across the country and abroad.
While serving in the Marines, Ron fell in love with Japan stationed in Okinawa, and made life-long friendships during his service, like his dear friend Randy. After returning home, he worked for the family business, retired while young, and went north to the wilderness of Alaska, a place never far from his heart.
Moving back to provide live-in care for his parents was not a difficult decision for Ron, as his nature was to give himself to others, especially his parents, who he often said “gave me this life.” Those who knew him well, speak of his never-ending generosity, kind-hearted, respectful, and calm disposition.
Ron met the love of his life, Sharon, and they spent 12 incredible years together full of laughter, immense love, travel, and enjoying their family in Oklahoma City.
Never one to complain or dwell on the negative, Ron stayed positive and brave during the trials he faced. An avid reader, he could always share an interesting fact or unknown story of a war battle, Wild West adventure or Native American tale of bravery.
Helping others in need was a way of life for Ron. He gave without ceasing, even to those who gave nothing in return. Ron was certain he had been blessed with a great life and said he was ready to be with God when he left this world with Sharon lying beside him.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Gail Ray of North Little Rock, Arkansas. He is survived by Little Rock relatives Michael Ray, Laura Stacy, Connor Stacy, Chris Stacy, and Annalise Sullenger.
Ron’s wishes were to have no formal services. He requested his and Sharon’s ashes be placed together touching the wind and earth of the New Mexico mountains. Their vacation home in New Mexico was their personal heaven on Earth.
Never one to ask for anything from another human being, Ron wished for memorial donations to be made to CARTI Cancer Center in North Little Rock, where Dr. Jauss and her staff provided nine years of truly compassionate care, becoming like family to him and Sharon.
North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114. 501-758-1170.