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Raymond Oliver Stacy, Jr.

May 28, 1940 January 27, 2022
Raymond Oliver Stacy, Jr.
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Obituary for Raymond Oliver Stacy, Jr.

Raymond “Ray” Oliver Stacy Jr., 81, currently of Burlington, passed away on January 27, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ray was born on May 28, 1940, to the late Raymond Oliver Stacy Sr. and Helen Shea Stacy in Hartford, CT. After Ray graduated from Hartford High School, he entered the Navy on September 11, 1958 and was transferred to San Diego in 1969. Until 1970, he served on two submarines with responsibility for upkeep, maintenance and repair of air conditioning, refrigeration, and ventilation systems. In February 1970 in Sunnyvale CA, Ray met Dianne Coppola a first-grade teacher while she was walking her friend, Jane’s dog, Moffat. On August 22, 1970, he married Dianne, the love of his life.
From 1970 - 1975, he was on Nuclear Sub (SSN 596) and Deep Submarine Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) where he administered nuclear overhauls and was an Instructor in Deep Submergence Submarine School. From 1976 – 1979, Ray was a Supervisor of Test Administration and Recruiting in Cincinnati OH and moved his family from San Diego to Kentucky. He retired from the Navy on December 31, 1978, with an Honorable Discharge after 21 years. However, he was a recruiter for the Navy through and through and during his hospital stays would be selling the opportunity of joining the Navy to the ‘good’ nurses.
Ray then began his teaching career as an instructor of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration at Northern Kentucky Vocational School until he retired as the Department Head after 21 years. He inspired his students to succeed with direct practical experience and mentoring. He was an active Boy Scout Troop leader to Troop 820 (including serving as the Voice of the Eagle), a Campbell County Volunteer PD (VIP) and a Boone County Citizen Academy member.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Dianne; daughter, Beth Ann Stacy Demko and her husband, Peter Demko of Alpharetta, GA and their three kids, Liam, Alistair and Violet; son, R. Michael Stacy and his wife Tracie Stacy of Ft. Mitchell Ky and their three daughters, Sophia, Bella and GiGi.
In his spare time, Ray enjoyed the outdoors, camping, boating, tinkering, home maintenance, fixing things and yard work. In his younger years, he loved to ski, did ski patrol, and was a ski instructor in Vermont. Ray loved his PBR, his motto was ‘be prepared’ and his day typically started with the POD (plan of the day). Ray also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, shows and activities and in his later years taking care of Dianne was his number one priority.
A private mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament church with a full military burial at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown, Ky. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to a local veterans organization, The Barracks Project (P.O. Box 76073, Highland Heights, KY 41076; www.thebarracksproject.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

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