Raymond (Ray) Edward Hibray, age 81, a resident of Albuquerque since 1970, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, Nov 27, 2023. He was born in Omaha, NE on Jan 26, 1942.
Ray was raised on a farm in Martin, SD, then moved to Edgewood, WA, where he met his high school sweetheart Jo Ann, whom he married and has been with for the last 62 years. He enlisted in the Navy after high school (9 years total) where he learned Electronics to a point where they made him an instructor. After an honorable discharge, the family decided it was time for a sunny/warm climate. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1970 from Treasure Island Naval Base (San Francisco). His first job in Albuquerque was teaching Electronics at North American Technical Institute. He then landed a job at Sandia National Laboratories as an Electronics Technician, where he worked for 32 years until he retired at age 62.
Ray truly knew how to enjoy life with all his many interests. He was a founding member of The Albuquerque Off-Road Runners, taking 4-wheel drive camping trips over many mountain passes with his swapped out high-performance Jeep engines. He absolutely loved his speed and drag racing. He was also a dedicated bicyclist. His other interests were going to Elephant Butte Lake, where we spent many weekends camping, boating, and waterskiing with friends and family. He also loved hiking, backpacking, motorhome traveling, and watching TV and sports. Shortly after retirement, he embarked on a 2-year project building a Cobra Roadster from the ground up. He also enjoyed storytelling about the farm, camping trips, friends, and family.
Ray is survived by his wife Jo Ann, two sons, Darren and Kevin (Cindy spouse), and his daughter Shelley. He is survived by his grandkids Rachel, Megan, Hailee, Hunter, Austin, and Shayla. He is survived by his two brothers Bill Hibray (Marge spouse) and Frank Hibray (Carol spouse). He is survived by his nephews and nieces, Tammy, Jeff, Stefanie, Chris, Melissa, and James.
A celebration of life will be planned for early Feb 2024. In lieu of flowers and gifts, feel free to contribute to Joy Junction, Wounded Warriors, or charity of your choice.