Robert S. Bray, age 65 also known affectionately to friends and family as “Bob” and “Apache” passed away peacefully at home on July 29, 2012 surrounded by family.
Bob was born in Monterrey, California and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War from 1966-1972 as Airman 1st class. He was also first class to his friends and family and packed a lot of living into his 65 years.
Bob is survived by his wife Sheri, mother Ursula, sister Evie, daughter Angela, son-in-law Alvin, son Robert (Shannan), step-children Mike (Deb), Trisha (Frank), and Daryl as well as grandsons Corey and Jesse, grand-daughter Kadi (Ruslan), sister-in-law Robin Schostak and family, brother-in-law Bruce Guckenberg and sister-in-law Triss and family, as well as many other extended family, friends, and loved ones from Forks to Texas.
Along with his loving wife and best friend of 19 years, Bob and Sheri travelled in their motor-home along with their mascot & cat Travus (Traveling with Us) and, later, T.C. (Travelling Cat) and enjoyed many of the highways, roads, and towns in America and experienced life in numerous locations along the way where they would work in between road trips.
Early on, they enjoyed touring the countryside on their home-made Trike which Bob spent many hours designing and building. This was later replaced by their beloved “Miss Ruby”, a cherry-red Harley Electro-Glide. Many hours were spent touring the local State Route 9 and along the coastal highway 101 alone and with friends and family.
Bob was a proud man, of his family as well as his large circle of friends, of which he maintained close contact. He played a large part in the lives of his step-children, who he loved, encouraged and leaned on, always treating them as his own natural children, sharing his chuckles, advice, and genius. He also treasured his time with his grandchildren, encouraging them as needed and proudly attending their graduations.
He will be missed beyond what words can express and will never be forgotten.
Ride on “Apache”, in peace, taking with you a piece of all our hearts, until we meet again.
We love you and always will.
No service, at the request of the family. There will be arrangements made privately and shared with family and friends in the near future.