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Raymond Melrose Trammel
June 3, 1937 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Raymond Melrose Trammel was born on June 3rd, 1937, to Newt and Dorothy Trammel. Ray passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 10th, 2024.
Ray lost his father when he was eleven years old. Ray and his two sisters were raised by his mother and learned early on in life the importance of family. Ray cherished his family and friends and there were many friendships that lasted throughout his life with visits or phone calls keeping the relationships alive.
Ray was always a gentleman, full of wisdom, patience, integrity, and kindness. He took great pride in his work and mentoring others in the commercial construction industry, overseeing many projects and proud of his many accomplishments. His resume was used to bid jobs, this reflects how well respected he was in his career field. One long-time friend said, Ray did not know hundreds of people, he knew thousands of people.
He worked up until the last 6 years of his life. Even working he found time to enjoy his passions which included spending time with family and friends. He loved motorcycles, classic car shows, swap meets, fishing and was an avid OU Sooners fan! He enjoyed going to Lake Texoma to fish and the Illinois river to camp when he was younger with his children and friends. He even got to go to Sturgis with his son.
Despite the ravages of a stroke, dementia and cancer, the disease couldn’t steal the love he had for his family and friends. He retained his sharp, playful sense of humor, his kindness and appreciation, always sharing an” I love you” and making sure those were always his last words along with “Bye Bye”.
Because of his family’s love and complete devotion, he was blessed to be able to live the last 8 months of his life in the cabin his son built surrounded by nature, love, and peace that he enjoyed beyond words. He was blessed to have the best of care from a team of caregivers that went above and beyond. He loved them as much as they loved him!
May we honor him by living fully, loving deeply, and embarking on our own adventures with the courage and joy that Ray did.
He will be profoundly missed by all who have the privilege of knowing him.
He is survived by:
Children: Julie Trammel Hancock and Kristy Trammel Wilhoit
Grandchildren: Matthew Trammel and Terrell Gardner