Raymond Joseph Meeker, Jr., 74, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. at Oro Valley Hospital in Oro Valley, Arizona, after suffering a massive heart attack on Friday, July 10th.\n\nRay was born October 7, 1945 in New Haven, CT. to Raymond Joseph & Arlene Evelyn (Johnson) Meeker. In 1948 his family moved to Miami, Florida where he had fond memories of his childhood. He graduated in 1965 from Southwest Miami High School, and joined the Air Force immediately afterwards. His 20 year career took him to Okinawa, Germany, Maine, Colorado, and Arizona where he worked on armaments for aircraft, and eventually teaching military personnel the loading/unloading of armaments, as well as Top Gun Pilots the release systems on their aircraft's, he retired in 1985 as a Master Sergeant. As a civilian he continued in this field working on military contracts with Honeywell Corp. in Azusa, CA. When Honeywell sold the military division, he was hired into Northrop Grumman, Pico Riviera, CA where he worked on the Stealth B-2 Bomber. When Northrop Grumman closed the Pico Rivera plant he took his next job at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA. In 2001, at age 56 he achieved his goal of early retirement, and settled in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains of California, where he loved to mill his own wood and create new projects. In 2009 he moved his family to the Tucson area of Arizona.\n\n Ray was a kind hearted soft spoken man who loved to help people, a perfectionist who never started anything he could not finish, a man that had to be doing something at all times, a loving husband and father, and many called him the most Patriot man they had ever met. He enjoyed fishing, golf, dancing, woodworking and carpentry. He was a general handyman and could fix almost anything.\n\nRay is survived by his loving wife, Deborah, a daughter Jennifer Durham, 2 sons Danny (Christina) Smith of Mesa, Az, Troy Smith of Tiptonville, TN, a sister Marrily (Don) Cady of Blairsville, GA, a brother William (Mary Kent) Meeker of Folkston, GA, his mother-in-law Marlene Clay of West Covina, CA, granddaughter Breanna Smith of Mesa, AZ, he is loved and missed by his brother-in laws, sister in laws, nieces, nephews and many friends.\n\nDue to Covid-19 Services and interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.