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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 12:00 pm

Carroll Ray Buckelew was born on Oct. 23, 1945 and passed from this life on Feb. 8, 2017.  He died in his San Antonio home from complications related to prostate cancer.

Ray was the fifth child of Earl and Marguerite Buckelew of Medina.  They pre-deceased him as did two brothers, those being Richard and John Buckelew.

He is survived by four sisters, Marjorie, Betty, Nancy and Linda, and one brother, Gary Joe.  Besides his three children, Ray also has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In 1963, Ray joined the Navy with his best friend, Jerry Sides, and hoped they would remain together.  But instead, they were immediately separated.

After training, Ray ended up in Hawaii, where his two, older brothers were stationed.  The Navy was not for him, and he ended up being discharged some time later.

He took up truck driving and traveled the states.  You never knew where he would show up. 

He never met a stranger, so he had friends from coast to coast.  Though he eventually tired of driving, he would always go back to it, between other pursuits.

Bring raised on a ranch made him a great wrangler for a resort in Estes Park, Colorado.  There he met the love of his life, a young, legal secretary on vacation with girlfriends, Kathleen Reynoldson.

Ray and Kathy had two sons, John Thomas born March 7, 1970, and Andrew Nathan born July 25, 1976.

Ray always had a passion for reading and learning.  Those qualities led him to degrees in international law, and to a real estate license, an insurance license and to the Baptist ministry.

He was an accomplished jazz guitarist, and some will remember his early years of guitar pickin’ and what he could play on only three strings.  He liked to write about and read the Bible.

When his marriage to Kathy ended, he moved to Montana, his favorite state after Texas.  There he met a young lady, Brenda Segna.  From that union was born on April 18, 1982, Desiree Marie.

Ray was his own person.  Always quick witted and full of stories to tell, he could talk at long lengths on different topics.  He seemed to always be searching for something, and now his search has ended as he is with the Lord.

May he rest in peace.

Graveside services will be Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Rest Cemetery in Medina.  Rev. Lewis Ray Melton will officiate.

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