Friday, February 28, 2014

Ray Wilcox, 1945-2014

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum was saddened to hear today of the passing of Ray Wilcox.  Ray was instrumental in the early development of the IVC Desert Museum as a Site Recorder/Secretary and came back recently to help interns salvage and re-curate artifacts. 

We thank Ray for thinking of the museum when he asked for donations in his name in lieu of flowers. 

1945 - 2014
Ray Wilcox, 68, of El Centro passed away peacefully on Friday, February 21, 2014. He is survived by his loving family: wife Karen, to whom he was married for 44 years; his children: daughter Wendy, son-in-law Daniel; son Jason, daughter-in-law Susan, and granddaughter Merideth.
Ray was born in El Centro to Otis and Willie Ray Wilcox on June 21, 1945. He graduated from Central Union High School in 1964 and then served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. His career included 20+ years as a truck driver for Valley Transit, then Ryerson and finally Pinner. He always said his favorite job was pumping gas during the lean times.
He returned to IVC where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Archaeology. He was hired as Secretary/Site Recorder at the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum and delighted in saying, "I love my title as secretary." Ray was a wonderful husband, father and he thoroughly enjoyed the role of grandfather. He was a loyal and loving friend who could be counted on when needed. Ray had a real zest for life and loved to laugh and tease people. We will all miss him and his laughter.
Family and friends will be contacted when plans for a Celebration of Life are finalized.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory should be made to: Wounded Warrior Project https://support.
or Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Feb. 28, 2014

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