Raymond D. "Ray" Aikens

December 9, 1946October 14, 2018

Raymond D. (Ray) Aikens, 71, of Otego, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, October 14, 2018, in Oneonta.

Ray was born December 9, 1946, in Delhi, the son of the late Kenneth and Edna (Rivenburg) Aikens. He was a life-long area resident. Ray worked for Otsego Automotive Car Dealership for many years as a Sales Representative until his retirement in 2009. Ray then continued to work for the dealership as a courtesy driver part time.

Ray enjoyed the outdoors very much. He enjoyed hunting and fishing as he was a member the Balsam Mountain Hunting Club in Margaretville. Ray also was an avid New York Yankees fan. On occasion, Ray would try his hand on the golf course which he enjoyed.

Ray is survived by his wife Rosanne of Otego. Also surviving are his sons Kenneth Aikens (Anne Marie) of Delhi; Kirk Aikens (Mandy) of Niskayuna; his daughters Heather Gallagher (James) of Salem, N.Y. and Shana (Kevin) King of Chadwicks, N.Y. Ray is also survived by his brother Richard (Bette) Aikens of Oneonta; also surviving are his 4 loving grandsons and 4 loving granddaughters. Friends may call Wednesday, October 17, from 5 to 7p.m in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance.

Funeral Services for Raymond D. Aikens will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 11 am in the Bookhout Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Fournier, Officiating. Burial will follow in the Hamden Cemetery, Hamden.

To light a candle or send an online condolence, visit Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 18, 2018

Raymond D. "Ray" Aikens

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Lee Austin

October 21, 2018

We're very sorry to hear that Ray has passed away. He sold me a few SUV's and I enjoyed seeing him whenever I went back to Country Club for servicing my SUV. Our deepest Sympathy to his wife and family.
Ray was a great guy!!

GJ Strain

October 20, 2018

Roseanne and Family....So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and Prayers during this difficult time.

Jim Clark

October 17, 2018

We're sorry to hear of Rays passing. Will never forget the great time we had up north snowmobiling. What fun! R.I.P. Cousin, you will never be forgotten.

Michelle Leal-Wiltsie (formerly Mac Intyre)

October 17, 2018

I had the privilege of taking my parents, Ray and Rosanne to a LPGA Golf Tournament a few years ago in Rochester, NY. We were trying to stay together as a group, but Ray was always wandering off in a different direction. It was during that weekend that I started calling him 'Waldo', as it seemed we were always trying to find him. I've continued to jokingly call him this since then...and thankfully because of his good sense of humor, he didn't mind. He was a dear friend to our family and he will be missed very much...

Steven Risch

October 17, 2018

Worked for Ray at hanaford, he will be missed. Sorry for your loss

Robert (duke) Piroha

October 17, 2018

Our deepest sorrow to you and your family. Please know we are thinking of you.

Russell Rivenburg

October 15, 2018

So sorry to learn of cousin Ray's passing. When growing up we had some good times, but did not see much of him after high school graduation, and only rather recently reconnected with him on Facebook.

Jim Ritter

October 15, 2018

My condolences.
I worked with ray for a short term at the dealership. He was a great man i will not forget him. Always ran in to him as a driver and i would kid around Asking him if he wanted to sells cars again. He would always call me crazy he enjoyed driving. He will always be in our prayers. R.I. P my friend.