Remembering Governor Ray

Friday, July 13, 2018

Along with thousands of Iowans, state and national dignitaries, and all who knew him, we share in the sorrow at the recent passing of former Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray at age 89.

Ray was elected Governor in 1968 and re-elected four times until stepping down in 1983. One of the most respected and admired men to ever serve this state, Bob Ray was a champion of the people - kind, considerate, knowledgable, humble, personable, savvy, and devoted to his mission to make his beloved state the best it could be.

Having the privilege of sharing a table with the Governor on two or three occasions many years ago at the former Iowa Daily Press Association’s annual Banquet where he was keynote speaker, we found Ray to be a true representative of the many glowing terms used to describe him throughout his length career on Iowa’s main stage.

We knew of proud Democrats who voted for Robert Ray, some even changing their party affiliation because oh him, his work and accomplishments, and his dedication to Iowa and its people.

Former State Senator Bill Anderson, now Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation Director, knew Ray and his family well.

“Bob Ray was a gentleman and a true statesman,” said Anderson. “He loved and cared so much about his state. He was one of a kind - an Iowa treasure.”

We whole-heartedly concur.