Rodey, Ray H. III
58, of Scottsdale passed away on April 2, 2013. He endured a courageous battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. Although he had numerous surgeries, hospital stays and treatments he always believed he could overcome the devastating diagnosis. He was greatly appreciative of all his doctors and nurses who cared for him and he became a popular and favorite patient at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn and St. Joseph's Hospital. He was a talented swimmer in high school and a water polo player at Arizona State University. It was there he met the love of his life Joy Savage. Ray was employed at Nathan & Associates in Scottsdale since 1992. He referred to his co-workers as his other family; which is headed by his longtime best friend James "Nate" Nathan. Ray enjoyed spending time at "Camp Pupule" during the summer at Coronado Beach, California. Ray's greatest gift was his ability to make others feel important, special and loved. He was always positive and upbeat and was never afraid to give out a hug. He truly was a shining ray of light to all who knew him. Ray is survived by his wife of 32 years, Joy Savage Rodey; twins, Hank and Pearce Rodey; mother Elaine Rodey; sister Jane Dooley and brother James Rodey; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Ray was preceded in death by his father, big Ray Rodey. A
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Barrows Neurological Institute or Circle the City Organization.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 7, 2013