Raymond Dale Cooper
November 3, 1946 – October 8, 2020
Raymond Dale Cooper was born on November 3, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas. His family moved to Arizona in 1951.
After graduating from West High in 1964, Ray met and fell in love with Bobbie Simmons. A year later he was drafted and served two years with the Army Corps of Engineer, including one year in Vietnam. The two lovebirds exchanged frequent letters and even planned their wedding by mail.
Bobbie and Ray were married on June 15, 1968. Their first child, Carl, was born in 1975, and their second, Adam, was born in 1980.
In 1989, Ray joined his wife Bobbie in starting the first fully licensed home daycare. He did everything from cooking and handyman work to comedy and acting as a jungle gym. To the children who knew him as “Mr. Ray,” he was basically family.
Ray also served at his church, taking care of those often-unseen jobs like setting up tables and chairs, working on the facilities and even building a play structure for the children. He loved cooking and serving at the annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon, because he knew it brought joy to the ladies who attended.
On vacation, Ray loved camping, canoeing and later adventuring on his Arctic Cat Quad. He also doted on his grandchildren and loved spending time with each of them.
Ray passed away on October 8, 2020. Funeral services are being planned for October 17th, but due to current restrictions, it will not be open to the public. The family plans to share a link to allow all of his loved ones the opportunity to attend online.
Ray will be laid to rest at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Raymond Dale Cooper
October 17, 2020
Coming over to the house while my mom went to work is where some of my favorite memories come from. Mr. Ray would always let me help in the kitchen when I was little and we did those special Friday's and made different treats. He would always let me watch him in the kitchen while he worked and sometimes I got to try some of the treats first. ❤️❤️ I appreciate all you guys did for me. Sending all my love.
October 11, 2020
Mr. Ray, I have so many fond memories of you at Ms. Bobbie’s day care, but the memories that always stand out to me, and those that we would always share a laugh about, are the ones where we would walk to the bus stop together. We would kick cans down the street, race make-shift “boats” down the sidewalk after it rained, and you also never got me in trouble for splashing in the puddles. The love between you and Ms. Bobbie has always been so pure, and I was so honored to have been able to attend your 50th wedding anniversary. We are so grateful that you were part of our lives, and you will forever live on in our pictures and memories. I hope that you are enjoying heaven, we love you Mr. Ray!