Raymond Wayne Risley left this physical world on Thursday, October 19, 2017 to rest his gentle soul in the eternal grace of our Lord Jesus.

Raymond was born January 17, 1967 to Delmar Carl Risley and Linda Lou Doston Curry. He was born at Taft Westside Hospital and grew up in Ventura, CA. He spent many summers here in Taft with his father and younger sister. He attended school in Ventura where he graduated from Ventura High School in 1985. He moved to Taft in 1991 and remained here.

Raymond worked as a backhoe operator for 23 years with Gene Watson Construction. He always had a joke to tell or something funny to say. He loved to hunt and fish and ride his quad. He loved working on his Plymouth Roadrunner. He loved hot rods and racecars. He was a classic muscle car enthusiast. He could watch John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies time and time again.

Raymond is preceded in death by his mother Linda Lou Dotson Curry, his father Delmar Carl Risley, or Bear as everyone knew him, and his uncle William Richard Risley.

He is survived by his wife Peggy Risley, his younger sister Maria Risley Lobb, his three children Nataucia Baldwin, Melissa Jones and James Jones. Raymond has four granddaughters and five grandsons, and numerous uncles and cousins.

At the wishes of Raymond, there will be no services held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation.