A longtime resident of southern Colorado passed away on April 24 at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver due to complications from heart disease.
Ray was born in Cuero, Texas, in 1937 and lived in Harlingen and La Feria, Texas, until 1972, when he moved with his family to Liberal, Kan., and then on to Brush, Colo., two years later. In 1977, they settled in Durango, Colo.
Ray attended Harlingen High School and Texas A&M.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Verna Lucas, of Pagosa Springs; his daughter, Jeanene Pierce, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; son-in-law Kent Pierce, and their two sons, Lucas and Matthew; his son, Chad Milby, of Murrieta, Calif.; daughter-in-law Danielle Milby and their two daughters, Madeline and Meredith; his brother, Larry Lucas, and Cheryl; and nieces Kimberly Whitney and Kristina Lucas of Dallas, Texas.
Ray was preceded in death by his beloved son, Kyle, and his ever faithful chihuahua, Toby.
Ray had several businesses in Durango, including Durango Liquors and a Saab auto dealership. His most recent endeavor was Mountain Tire in Pagosa Springs until his retirement.
Ray had many friends and was considered honest, funny, happy, kind and truthful and will be missed by all, especially his dogs Lulabelle, Molly and JoJo.
He was cremated and requested no service.