Ray was born in Edmond, OK to Arta (Hostetler) and Orin Kates. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Maezelle and Jane; brother, Kenneth. Ray is survived by his wife Carol; children, Billy Kates, Sherry Perkins and husband Robert, and Lance Kates; sisters, Donna Taller, Emma Standish and Genette Kates; grandchildren, Tabitha Still and husband Kendall, Tamee Gompf and husband Henry, Robert Perkins; great-grandchildren, Robert and Colby; 2 dogs, Betsy and Bo and many other family members and friends. Service to celebrate his life will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Ft. Sill National Cemetery.
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