Robert E. “Bob” Rayl, 85, Kokomo, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his residence. He was born June 26, 1928, in Kokomo, to the late William and Nellie (Bone) Rayl. On Aug. 26, 1949, in Galveston, he married Joan (Puterbaugh), and she survives. They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year.
Bob served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He owned and operated the Shell Filling Station on the corner of Washington Street and Park Avenue in Kokomo for several years. He also farmed and retired from Chrysler after 20 years. He also drove a semi hauling grain and driving for North America Midway for more than 30 years.
Bob was a busy man, but always had time for his family. They will miss him deeply.
Surviving are his loving wife, Joan Rayl, Kokomo; two daughters, Kathy Wright, Brenda and Mike Keegan, all of Kokomo; three grandchildren, Lisa Keegan, Eric and Tanya Wright, and Mark Keegan; three-great grandchildren, Jesseca “Squirt” Myers, Morgan Wright-Cooper and Lindsay Wright; one great-great-grandson, Oakley Cooper; brother and sister-in-law, George and Judy Rayl; two sisters, Betty Poe, Mary E. Jones; and half-sister, Sue and Dan Adams.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard and Richard Rayl; three stepsisters; one son-in-law, Roger Wright; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with Pastor Steve Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at the mortuary.
You are invited to read Bob’s full obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message or order flowers for the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.