Robert S. ‘Bob’ Ray

January 14, 1955 ‒ September 14, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

After a brief battle with liver cancer, Bob Ray died at home with his family on September 14th, 2015. He is survived by his two children, Andrew Scott Ray and Lindsey Anne Ray along with the rest of the Ray Clan.

Bob was passionate about Jesus, food and serving others.

A celebration in his honor will be held this Saturday the 19th at 11 am at Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield, 2145 Middle Bellville Rd., Mansfield, OH 44904.

Following the service, please join us in gathering and celebrating Bob. Main dishes will be provided, salads, side dishes and desserts are welcome.

In lieu of sending flowers, gifts can be made to The Bob Ray Memorial at Berean and the funds will be used to continue Bob’s work with The Lord.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” – James 1:17

  • What A dynamic brother in Christ was Bob Ray! His love for the Lord and his enthusiasm for people was so influential, and such Positive words impacted and encouraged many men. I feel honored to have known him and witnessed his dedication to the kingdom of God.

    Although I don’t know you, his family, I do know that he really loved you. As an imperfect dad myself, I suppose he had his moments. I’m sure you have memories that will keep you for many years to come in a very positive way.

    May the comfort and peace that only comes from the Lord himself be yours at this time of losing Bob’s life and influence in a present sense. I have no question he was ready to meet his Savior.

    Sincere sympathies,
    John H Stocks

    • Bob has been a great friend to the Sanderson family. As a Godly Christian man , Bob has been a great role model and friend to my son. Our family will miss Bob. Drew, Lindsey, and Deb please know that your family is in our hearts and prayers .

  • Lindsey & family-
    So very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your father. He certainly sounded like a loving & kind man. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Drew, we are all so very saddened at your loss. Other than his great love for Jesus, we know that he was so proud of his family. Your dad’s unwavering faith was such an inspiration for others. Praying for God’s comfort and strength for you and Lindsay.

  • To Bob’s children, you have my sympathy at the loss of your father; and to the rest of the “Ray Clan”, we lost a great guy. Bob and I became like brothers during high school when Bob came to live with me and my family in Springfield. The Ray family was moving to Springfield because Bill Sr. was becoming the Executive Director of our Chamber of Commerce. As you can imagine, Bob fit right in with us and we had the time of our lives. I knew immediately that Bob was something special and ahead of his years. We laughed often and we laughed until we cried. We were best friends. Bob was supposed to be “the next coming” but not in the Biblical sense but in the basketball sense. He was hyped as the answer to our team. Of course, that never materialized and I can remember Bob laughing about it, saying to me that he’s not that athletic and how crazy the stories were; he was humble at an early age. Bill Sr., Fay and Bill Jr. treated me as family over the years and still do to this day. What a great family. I’ll miss my best friend of many years ago and I know that he leaves behind dear friends and family who knew him like I did, a caring, giving person. I’m unable to attend the service but I will be there in spirit. My love to all the Ray family.

    P.J. Miller

  • There are no words to express our sorrow over the loss of Bob. He has always held a special place in our hearts, but even more so over the last 15 months. Bob’s ministry to my parents and the other residents of The Waterford was a tremendous blessing. He became their Pastor, friend and confidant. Thursday evening Bible Study with Bob was the weekly highlight for my folks. Attending church regularly is no longer possible, so this fellowship became their church. I can’t tell you the joy they expressed when Bob started celebrating Communion with them. His ministry filled a tremendous void and made their move back to Mansfield easier. At 92 & 94 years old, I expected Bob would deliver their eulogies. So, to all the family, our heartfelt condolences. He was simply amazing and represented Christ so well. Thanks, Bob. You will never be forgotten. Kris&George Warne, Bob&Marge Davis

  • I met Bob over 20 years ago when he opened up this area for Gordon Foods. He was a tough competitor, strong in his desire to succeed and he always gave me a run for my money. After I retired from food service and opened up Johnny’s, I got to know and love the other side of Bob after working with him and the guys at Berean that distribute the used furniture and mattresses that we take in. He was so passionate about his love for the Lord and I found out soon this big burley guy was an old softie! He would tell you in a heartbeat how much he loved the Lord and was willing to serve Him in any way he could. I was devastated when I heard of his illness and passing but rejoice that I will see him again. Mansfield is a better place because of Bob Ray and his service to the Lord. I will forever miss him.

  • Drew and Lindsey,

    Although I haven’t seen you in many years, I want to send my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad. Bob and I became close friends on a professional and personal level during his time with Gordon Foods . I knew he loved you both deeply and was very proud of you. He was a great guy and my wife, Fran, and I will miss him dearly.

    Buzz Smith

  • Just noticed I accidentally omitted Nancy Ray from my message above. As the other family members did, she treated me like one of the family and I honestly don’t remember Nancy and Bob ever fighting, highly unusual between brother and sister!


  • Drew and Lindsey,

    We loved your dad and we love you. He was unique in every way and had more energy than three men put together. He was Ted’s best friend and Ted will always cherish their time together. Anytime you want to just de-stress and hang out, come over. You are always welcome in our home. You know where we live. Call us when you are in town and we will feed you!
    Love, Carol

  • To the Ray family: Big Biill, Dear Fay, Bill & Jeannie, Nancy, Drew & Lindsey. I remember vividly the day the Ray family moved from logansport to Springfield and became my neighbors! Bobby and the rest of the Ray clan instantly were a part of the Fifth Street family and becoming Bobby’s friend was a highlight of my growing up! The many gatherings around the family table and the loving support from Bobby and the extended family are indelibly etched in my mind. Your son, brother, and father was an incredibly giving and generous person, who will always hold a special place in my heart. May his memory be eternal! Sam Petroff

  • Losing a friend brings back great old memories:
    hand made pizza,water fights, Drew breaking the window Oh that wreck in Logansport And Bob’s many visits to wherever we lived. So sorry for your lost.

  • My roommate and I were in attendance at your wonderful celebration of life. Near the north stairs to the pulpit. So most of your family and friends passed us. We were not the closest to Bob but knew him more in passing. Everyone’s sharing really touched our hearts. A true pillar of Berean has gone on to his reward and he has left all his responsibilities with those who have remained behind. We will always “need” more than we can “give”, both bing disabled and barely making it. But everyone’s witness of the life of Bob has caused me to rededicate my life such as it is to God. I am glad that the Holy Spirit really placed a heavy burden on my heart to bring Daniel to this very special memorial. I want to thank you all. My life was made much richer today. May God Comfort you and Bless you in this rough time. May the Hand of God touch your hearts and give you strength. My most sincere condolences, John (and Daniel)