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Obituary: Ray Larkey 1927-2014

Ray Larkey

Ray Larkey

Ray Larkey, 86, died peacefully with his wife, Evelyn, and church family members Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in Cottonwood, Arizona.

Born May 23rd, 1927 in Honolulu, Hawaii Ray's father moved him to Phoenix at age 12.  He graduated Phoenix Union High School and enlisted in the Navy at 17, serving in World War II.  

Back home he raced midgets (For several years he held the record at Manzanita Speedway for the number of end-over-end flips in a wreck.) He was also lightweight boxer. From 1947 to 1963 Ray was married to Barbara.  

Ray and his brothers-in-law were home building contractors in Phoenix until the bank moved them to Flagstaff, where Ray continued a profitable company.  He and his wife, Evelyn, took a sabbatical for six years sailing, first in Lake Powell then Pacific Ocean, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean, Virgin Islands, and more.

Retiring to the Verde Valley Ray, with Evelyn, continued to be an outdoorsman, tournament-winning golfer, and served on the Camp Verde Town Council and as vice-mayor.

Earlier in his life Ray was a Mason.  In the last decade he accepted Christ as his Savior, became very active in Beaver Creek Church, where he served as a Deacon and Trustee.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn; five children and three stepsons: Craig, Steve, twins Sandy & Andy, Patrick, Dennis, Dale and Kenneth; 12 Grandchildren, and 17 Great Grandchildren.

Celebration of Ray's life is being held at Beaver Creek Baptist Church, Rimrock, Saturday, May 17th, at 11:00 am.  For more info call:  928-300-1260.

Information provided by survivors.

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