In 1994, Raymond and Ruby Nell moved to Norman to be near their family — and to be near the Oklahoma Sooner football team, which Raymond and Ruby Nell avidly followed for more than 50 years, often driving to Norman for games from the Bud Wilkinson era onward. In Norman, Raymond enjoyed the yearly tradition of decorating their home on Tarman Circle with Christmas lights and developed his skills as a wood carver. He especially loved to carve dinosaurs, 26 of which are on display at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.
Raymond and Ruby Nell belong to McFarlin Methodist Church, and Raymond was a longtime member of the Petroleum Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Consistory and the Akdar Shrine.
Raymond and Ruby Nell have said that this large and loving family is proof of “living life to the fullest.”
Raymond is survived by his wife, Ruby Nell; daughter, Linda and her husband, Matt; grandson, Robert and his partner Dawn; grandson, Eric and his partner Monica; grandson, Adam and his wife Amber; granddaughter, Patia and her partner Robby; two stepgrandchildren, Hannah and Thade; three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Izzy and Zea; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013