Raymond Url Roberts
October 4, 1949 – March 26, 2021
Ray Url Roberts died peacefully at home on March 25. He was 71. Ray was born on Oct. 4, 1949, at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, to a military family. Early on, he served a tour in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Thailand for part of the time. He also spent two years as a civilian courier in Vietnam. Ray graduated from Oregon State University in 1977. He married and moved to Norman to work as a hydrologist for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, where he remained for 27 years, even getting promoted to become DEQ’s Environmental Program Manager at age 70. Ray was kind and wise, with many dimensions. He spent his life caring for the cats, dogs, geese, and other creatures who found their way to his acreage near Lake Thunderbird. He was an avid animal rights advocate and especially cared for the hummingbirds that came by. Ray was conscientious about the environment and spent his career ensuring that Oklahoma’s water was safe and our hazardous cleanup sites were safer. Colleagues called him the ‘go-to’ guy who well earned his expert status. He also took time to mentor those who came after him. All the while, he kept meticulous notes about his work, life and times. Ray had a passion for science fiction and wrote many short stories, some of them published. He left behind a few unpublished novels and was a longtime member of the Dorsal Fin Society, a sci-fi writers club in Norman. One of his biggest accomplishments came when he won first place in the Writers of the Future contest, a national sci-fi writers’ competition. Critics called his story “a bonafide masterpiece.” This honor came with to a trip to Hollywood and his story being published in an anthology of sci-fi stories. Ray was also proud of his Native American heritage with the Pottawatomie Indian tribe. Ray is survived by two brothers, Scotty Roberts of Tulsa, and Lance Roberts of Oklahoma City, and their spouses, and by his close friend of xx years, Ben Fenwick, and his spouse. Ray was preceded in death by his wife Pam Mercer and his parents, William Martin Roberts and Franziska Przybylek. May he Rest In Peace. Memorial services are set for noon Saturday, April 17, at Primrose Funeral Home in Norman. In lieu of flowers please donate to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman, 405-321-1915.
Celebration of Life
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Primrose Funeral Service
Raymond Url Roberts
March 31, 2021
I met Ray and Pam at Trinity Lutheran Church in the 80’s when I was young. We hit it off with our mutual love for animals. I would come out to take care of their animals when they went out of town. I have such fond memories of my time with the geese, birds, and dogs. I always enjoyed the beautiful property by Lake Thunderbird. Ray and I had many long conversations about his beloved Buick Grand National. I remember several years ago a tornado went over their house and the carport partially fell on the car. I happened to stop by the day after it happened and his car had damage to it but Ray had his kind smile on his face. I could tell he was upset but he wouldn’t let it show. I am a better person for having been able to spend time with Ray and Pam. They will always hold a special place in that time of my life. Mark Osborn
March 31, 2021
Ray and Pam were so kind to our family and especially to Mark, our son. Mark was 10 years old when he met Ray and Pam at church. Mark collected turtles, lizards and many other animals from the wild and gave them a good home. He loved going to the Roberts place and became friends with the wild geese. Through high school and college he cared for the Roberts geese when Pam & Ray were on vacation. Mark is now 50 yrs old and still has fond memories of Ray and Pam. Our lives were blessed by knowing Ray and Pam.