Stillwater News Press

Obituaries

October 28, 2013

Raymond Leon Ely

Raymond Leon Ely, 70, of Stillwater, passed from this life on Oct. 24, 2013. Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and a service celebrating his remarkable life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sunnybrook Christian Church in Stillwater with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Raymond Leon Ely was born on Oct. 14, 1943, in Stillwater, to Ivo Andrew and Mary Bessie (Nottingham) Ely. He attended grade school in Perkins before transferring to Stillwater for his middle and high school years. Raymond began working at Thomas Ford at the age of 16 and he worked there for more than four years. During high school, he was a founding member of the International Trumpet Trio, a musical group consisting of three students with diverse cultural backgrounds. In 1961, Raymond graduated from C.E. Donart High School and enrolled at Oklahoma State University where he played in the Cowboy Marching Band. In 1964, Raymond met Anna Derr and after dating for only two weeks, Anna and Raymond were married. Raymond and Anna spent 49 wonderful years by each other’s side and had two beautiful daughters, Anita and Radawn. In 1964, he also went to work for Gold Spot Dairy as a milk delivery driver and in 1966 Raymond purchased a service station at 6th & West in Stillwater.

Raymond began applying to the Stillwater Police Department shortly after high school and in 1967 he was selected by the department to be the youngest officer ever to serve on the streets of Stillwater. In 1976, he became the first SPD officer to attend and graduate from the FBI National Academy. In 1987, Raymond Ely retired from the SPD as a captain. Raymond enjoyed retirement for a couple of years before accepting a position in the special assets dept of Stillwater National Bank. In 2010, Raymond transitioned into the security dept at SNB, where he worked until his passing.

Raymond was an active member of the Stillwater Fraternal Order of Police, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Stillwater Breakfast Kiwanas. He was a talented woodworker who made many toys for his kids and grandkids. Raymond enjoyed doing yard work, coaching his girls’ softball team and spoiling his grandchildren. He was known to have great taste in women’s clothes and enjoyed taking his wife, daughters and granddaughters clothes shopping.

Raymond Ely was a great father who was very proud of his family. He had a passion for law enforcement and never missed an opportunity to serve his community. He loved the people of Stillwater, the SPD and his co-workers at SNB. He was a practical joker who loved to tease his family and friends. He told, quite possibly, the worst jokes in the world, but his smile and laugh still lit up any room. Raymond was a loyal husband, a devoted father, a loving grandfather and a dedicated police officer. His legacy of kindness and compassion will live on through the lives of his family as well as through the continued service of his fellow law enforcement brothers. He will be missed by many.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Anna, of the home; two daughters, Anita Waddell and husband, John, of Doha, Qatar, and Radawn Balthrop, of Gainsville, Texas. Three grandchildren, William Waddell, Sam Waddell, and Rawlei Balthrop.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Raymond’s name to the Stillwater United Way in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK 74075

Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.pmcfh.com.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Linda Harris Shrum

    Linda Harris Shrum, 74, of Glencoe passed away Friday.

    April 18, 2014

  • W. Stanley Newcomer W. Stanley Newcomer

    W. Stanley Newcomer, 94, passed away April 15 in Stillwater. His funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Stillwater. Rev. Jim Cook will officiate.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Frances Faye (Rice) Gray Frances Faye (Rice) Gray

    Frances Faye (Rice) Gray, a lifelong Payne County resident and first grandchild of the original “Pistol Pete,” passed away April 16 in her home in Perkins at the age of 98.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul Bland Efaw

    Paul Bland Efaw, 87, died April 8 in McAlester. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    April 17, 2014

  • Marcia Luker

    Marcia Luker was born Feb. 11, 1958, and died April 15 at the age of 56.

    April 17, 2014

  • Georgie Gay Shirley

    Georgie Gay Shirley was born Nov. 2, 1925, in Ada to John Harvey and Mary (Molly) Jane Gay.

    April 17, 2014

  • Thomas-Michael-obit.jpg Michael Adkins Thomas

    Michael Adkins Thomas, 60, passed away April 7 in Stillwater.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stamper-Harold-obit.jpg Harold R. Stamper

    Harold R. Stamper, 81, of Terlton, went to be with his Lord and Savior April 12 in Claremore.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Homer Lee Jones

    Homer Lee Jones, 72, of Osage, passed peacefully from this life April 14 with his loving family by his side.

    April 16, 2014

  • Edwards-obit.jpg Abby Grace Edwards

    Abby Grace Edwards, a former Stillwater resident most recently of Oklahoma City, passed away April 15 at the OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident April 12.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Stocks
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery
Must Read