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Ray Roberts

Died: Tue., Jul. 30, 2019


Military Honors

10:00 AM Fri., Aug. 09, 2019
Location: Memorial Building


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Ray Roberts, 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Ray was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1948 he joined the Navy and was stationed in Oregon, where he met and married the love of his life, Frances Slemp.  Ray and Fran were married for over 60 years.

When he was discharged from the Navy, Ray and Fran moved back to Pocatello and raised their family.  They had 5 children: Glenda (Dan), Wayne (Joann), Josie (Randy), Ronda (Jim), and Phillip (Ellen).  They also had 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Ray worked in several different occupations throughout his life, mostly which was welding and manufacturing. Ray was all about his family. His hobbies were anything that involved his family including going to the drive-in, camping, picnics and BBQ's, taking "short" rides that could last days and include several states. Ray could build and fix anything, from scuffed knees and splinters to car engines. He was a jack-of-all-trades and was always willing to lend a helping hand anywhere he could.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Emery and Marie; 2 sisters; and 4 brothers.

There will be an Honor Guard ceremony on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Veterans Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson Ave, Pocatello, ID 83204.

 

 

 

 

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Cile Howard
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
To my big brother Ray,
We were to meet soon to remember things we did way back when...some good, and other things that Mom and Dad would not have approved! I guess Fran, Mom, Dad,and our brothers and sisters thought I had you long enough, and it was their turn to visit. You were loved and will be missed by all.
Love you always,
Cile
P.S. Thank you for cleaning up after me when we were young. I'm the only one who knows our secret now. :)

Sue Howard
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
My first experience of splinters in my feet were from riding in the back of Uncle Ray's pickup the summer we were in Pocatello for Aunt Neva's wedding. For every visit after that, one of my favorite things to look forward to was to riding in the back of the pickup, standing up! Of course, if Uncle Ray spotted the cops, we had to sit down really fast so we didn't get caught. :)

He always thought it was funny to come in and sit me on top of Grandma's fridge when I was little, or take a huge chunk out of the middle of a cake layer that I had just taken out of the oven when I was old enough to bake, or tell me (inexperienced in eating hot peppers) that if I ate a second one right away, the first one wouldn't burn as badly...and I believed him because he was my Uncle Ray! :)

I was truly looking forward to our long visit next month. I love him and miss him. :(

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