Raymond R. Roe “Ray”
Born: 15 September, 1925
Died: 2 July, 2010, San Leandro, California
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Older brother of Patricia Roe.
Biography written by daughter Diane Roe:
Born of immigrant parents (who romantically met in New York City), Raymond Russell Roe was extremely proud of his Irish heritage (he became a dual citizen as an adult).
Raymond started his public life quite early, appearing on the stage in several productions, including the original productions of “Our Town” and “Life with Father.” His family moved out to Hollywood to further his career in movies, starting with the Ginger Rogers/Ray Milland film, “The Major and the Minor.”
Ray was proud to serve his country, joining the Navy at age 17, and trained as a radio operator. He was equally proud to protect and serve his community as a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff. He worked at stations in Malibu, Lennox, Compton and Carson, retiring after 28 years at the rank of sergeant.
After so many years in the public eye, Ray chose to retreat to a more peaceful life in the Eastern Sierra community of Aberdeen. But he couldn’t entirely quit police work, choosing to give back to his new neighbors as an Inyo County Deputy Sheriff, both at the Independence station and assisting Sheriff Al George as Undersheriff.
He enjoyed following several sports, but his passion was NASCAR. He was a member of several service organizations, including the American Legion, the Elks, the Moose and the Boy Scouts. He loved listening to Country music, Big Band and Swing, Irish music, and was a devoted fan of Frank Sinatra. Ray also enjoyed movies, with John Wayne being his favorite actor.
Celebrating his life and memory are his wife, Elizabeth; his children Diane (Dennis), Roderick (Carmen) and Robert (Jenny); and his grand children Erik, Christine, Joshua and Peter.
From 1943 Mar-Ken Yearbook; Senior Crossword Puzzle:
He’s tall and lanky, and you saw him in “The Major and the Minor”
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