Ray William Raketti passed away in the Drumheller Hospital October 17, 2019 at the age of 86. Ray was born October 13, 1933 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan to Sanfrey and Mamie Raketti. In December 1947, due to poor crop conditions, they moved to Sylvan Lake area of Alberta with 3 children. In 1955, Ray moved to Drumheller to join his family.
Ray worked mainly in local coal mines for 6 years. In May 1963 he was hired by the City of Drumheller. He worked for over 30 years as a heavy machine operator.
At the age of 40 he met his wife Darlene Jones (Zern). They married in 1974 and Ray became stepfather to Starr, Gail and Sandra Jones. Glenda Rae was born January 1976. The family purchased an acreage in 1983 where they were still residing.
Besides his loving wife Darlene, Ray is survived by children Glenda Raketti (Rob Grootarz), Grandchildren Addy and Amelia of Aurora, Ontario; Sandra Jones (John Russell), Grandchild Justin Morgan (Jolene and Marissa Andrus) and Great Grandchild Jack Morgan of Drumheller, Alberta; Gail Jones (Brent Aagaard), of Drumheller, Alberta; Starr (Ken) Zaychuk, Grandchildren Kelly Memme of Calgary, Alberta; Joey Memme of Lethbridge, Alberta; a son Kelly (Jackie) of Kelowna, British Columbia; and their children.
Ray is also survived by his Sisters Darlene (Bill) Harwood of Nanaimo, British Columbia; Doris (Terry) Avramenko of Calgary, Alberta; and Brother Jerry Raketti of Drumheller, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Ray was predeceased by his Parents Sanfrey Andrew and Mamie Julia Raketti and Grandchild John Charles Morgan all of Drumheller, Alberta.
Memorial Services, officiated by Pastor Brent Rushinka, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24th, 2019, at Drumheller First Alliance Church, 670 - 7 Ave E, Drumheller, Alberta. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Ray.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Drumheller Health Care Center, Red Deer Regional Hospital, and all the very professional ambulance attendants that transported us.