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Raymond Arthur Sholley, Jr.

December 8, 1945 — July 1, 2024


Raymond Arthur Sholley, Jr., passed away, Monday, July 1, 2024 in Eagar, Arizona. He was born December 8, 1945 in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania, the son of Raymond Arthur Sholley, Sr. and Martha Beatrice Fertig.

Ray especially enjoyed the outdoors; hiking in the woods, fly fishing and hunting. Many happy times were had hiking with his companion dogs, Bandit and Molly over the years. Molly always held a special place in his heart.

Ray retired from the TEP Power Plant with many years of service in 2004 at the age of 59. He held a variety of positions, retiring as a Working Foreman. He transferred from Tucson, Arizona in 1983 and he and his wife Pat lived in their log home in Springerville for 41 years. They loved their home and hated to sell it last fall. Ray gave it his all, caring for the house, yards, pond and later his shop. He was happiest doing that and did everything well. He especially enjoyed creating his metal artwork over the years; more so following retirement. Ray and Pat were contributing members of the Round Valley community for 41 years. 

Ray and Pat were married October 28, 1972 in Tucson at Catalina United Methodist Church. Upon moving to Round Valley they attended the Community Presbyterian Church in Springerville, Arizona and then Alpine, Arizona. In late 1974 they welcomed their one and only son, Matt. Matt married Jennie (his high school sweetheart) following graduation. They were married for 10 years before being blessed with their beautiful daughter, Tori. Ray was very proud of all that Matt has accomplished over the years.

Ray always appreciated the help of his co-workers in erecting his shop, as well as their assistance in recent times when his severe arthritis prevented him from doing the physical things that he was used to doing himself. A special thanks to the two Daves; Dave Lull & Dave Cox for their help in so many ways and never refusing a request and a very special thanks to Rose Burson and Nicole McClain for their friendship and care these past years trying to keep Ray (and Pat) in their home for as long as possible. Even more special thanks for caring for and loving our cats, almost as much as we have and their continued help after we were residents of The Beehive, sold our home and most all of our many possessions.

Ray was a good and amazing man, devoted to his wife of 51 plus years, Patricia L. Sholley and beloved by her. He is also survived by his son, Matthew Martin (Jennie) Sholley, brother, Gary (Marty) Sholley, sisters, Eileen (Don) Williams, Karen Sholley and granddaughter, Victoria Marie Sholley.

He loved his family and friends. If you were a friend of Ray, you had the best kind of friend. Men such as Ray are few and far between. His life was a very good example. Ray will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. May you rest in peace and be pain-free.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

There will be no services per Ray’s request.



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