Robert A. Ray

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Robert Allen “Bobby” Ray, 83, of Carthage, Missouri, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 19, 1938, to Carl E. Ray and Hazel (Jameson) Ray-Cox. He lived in various locations throughout his life.

He married Lillian Torres on Aug. 31, 1957. They later divorced. He married Pamela J. Crumrine on April 22, 1988. 

Bobby worked in the trucking industry for many years. He was the owner of Bobby Ray Trucking from 1987 to 2017. Known as “Taco,” he traveled millions of miles between Missouri and California.

Bobby’s love other than family and friends was dirt track racing. In the 1960s, Bobby raced micro midget cars. Bobby made it all the way to nationals in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was featured in “Hot Rod” magazine in December 1964. 

Bobby lived a long, exciting life. He touched many lives with laughter and liquor that left many stories to tell.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Pam, of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Rick (Marilyn) and Toby (Sheryl Sterns); a daughter, Bobby Ray; five grandchildren, Nathan (B) Wilson, Brandy Jones, Rikki (Zack) James, Carl Ray and Chance (Leslie) Ray; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter-in-law, Mickey Ray.

The service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ulmer Funeral Home, 1208 S. Garrison, in Carthage, Missouri.

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