In Loving Memory of Ray Sheets “Tax Cat”

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Ray Sheets, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Ray departed this world on June 26th at the age of 84, leaving behind a legacy of love, joy, kindness, and indelible memories.

Ray was born in 1938 in Wewoka OK, the son of Harmon & Rose (both predeceased). From a young age, he displayed a remarkable curiosity, gift of gab and zest for life. His thirst for knowledge led him to pursue a career in public accounting, where he excelled through hard work and dedication to become known as the “Tax Cat”.  Ray’s commitment to his clients and staff earned him the respect and admiration, and his contributions to the field will be remembered for years to come.

Beyond his professional achievements, Ray was a man of great character. He possessed an innate ability to make everyone around him feel valued and appreciated. His warm smile and gentle demeanor brought comfort and joy to those fortunate enough to know him. Whether it was a listening ear, a helping hand, or a shoulder to lean on, Ray was always there for his family and friends.

In his leisure time, Ray enjoyed immersing himself in the game of golf.  He found solace in weekly rounds at Turlock GCC, and later at San Joaquin CC, where he connected with family and friends.  He had a remarkable sense of humor, always ready with a witty remark or a playful quip to brighten the day. He had a knack for finding joy in the simplest of things and bringing laughter into the lives of everyone he met.

Family was the cornerstone of Ray’s life. He cherished his role as a devoted husband to his beloved wife, Clara, and a loving father to his children, David, Traci, Lana, Lisa, Julie, Lori, Claude, Joel (predeceased), and grandchildren, Kyle, Ella, Timmy, Anelise, Bronson, Sarah, Jacquie, James, and Samantha. His unwavering love and support were the pillars that held his family together through both triumphs and challenges. Ray’s greatest joy came from witnessing his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments and sharing in their laughter and happiness.

Ray leaves behind a profound void that will be felt by all who knew him. But in the midst of our grief, let us remember the beautiful moments we shared with him—the laughter, the stories, and the love that filled our lives. May we find solace in the knowledge that Ray’s spirit lives on in each of us, inspiring us to live with compassion, humility, and a zest for life.

A memorial service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held on July 7th, 2023 at Whitehurst Chapel in Los Banos, CA at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Central California Food Bank, an organization close to Ray’s heart.

Ray’s memory will forever remain etched in our hearts. As we say our final goodbyes, let us take comfort in the knowledge that his legacy will continue to shine brightly, guiding us along life’s journey. Rest in peace, dear Ray, knowing that you are loved and remembered by all whose lives you touched.

He lived a life of joy and love – leaving us with beautiful memories.

Special thanks to his wonderful caregivers – Gail, Angela and Debra.

The Westside Express