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Ramon (Ray) George Elbert

July 26, 1937 - December 6, 2017

Ramon (Ray) George Elbert passed away peacefully with his family around him Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Asante Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon at the age of 80.

Ray was born July 26, 1937 in Cupertino, California to Floyd & Genevieve (Gieske) Elbert. When he was young, the family moved to Medford, Ore., where he attended Saint Mary’s High School, playing football and baseball, and running track. He always looked forward to summer high school reunions, where he was able to visit with high school friends and their spouses to reminisce about the good ol’ days.

Shortly after school, Ray joined the U.S. Navy where he served his country during the Korean War. Upon returning home from his time in the service, he met Loya (Tobiasson) Elbert, his wife of 55 Years. They lived in White City, Ore. Ray was a former Commander of the Central Point Auxiliary of the VFW.

Ray was known for being a hard worker. He learned construction working with Loren Ritchie (Pinky). He hauled lumber and building materials for Medford Lumber Co. Upon leaving the lumber company, he worked at Ken’s Saw Shop, where he learned to sharpen saws and other items for many local mills. He worked with friends, where he enjoyed cooking, and was known for having the best salsa in town at Runway Market. While working at the market, he opened his own saw shop. Enjoying company while working, Ray was able to share his knowledge and love of people as a route driver and saw filer for Cal-Ore Carbide. He passed his time as a shuttle driver for the Medford International Airport.

Ray was an avid sports fan. He loved talking about his days playing and watching high school sports. You could usually find Ray watching local high school’s Friday night football games. He volunteered as an official at Little League baseball games. He supported the local MiLB teams, city and county teams, and attended games throughout many sports parks. Ray enjoyed weekly bowling night, as well as traveling with friends and neighbors for various tournaments. When Ray couldn’t be out watching or playing, he would tune in to any sports games he could find on TV. Summer travels to Utah to watch his grandchildren play baseball, softball, and football were something to be cherished by all. Fishing and golfing in the summer was a favorite pasttime. Most of the fall, you could find Ray camping up on the mountain with family and friends, hunting for record-breaking size deer and elk.

Ray loved to share his love for people, serve others, visit with anyone, and brighten people’s days with a smile, a joke, or a story. He was a member of the White City Ward, Central Point Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ray is survived by his wife, Loya June (Tobiasson) Elbert; his four children, Lon Elbert (UT), Jeffrey and (Lori) Elbert (UT), Scott Elbert (OR), and June (Anthony) Lopez (UT); his brothers, Jim (Nancy) Elbert (WA), Moritz (Cecelia) Elbert (WI), and Virgil (Valerie-deceased) Elbert (OR); his sister, Betty (Gerald) Sproul (OR); 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Perl Funeral Home. Graveside service will be in the spring at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Ramon (Ray) George Elbert