PEORIA HEIGHTS - Raymond Joseph "Buck" Pankey, 64, of Peoria Heights passed away peacefully at 5:20 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at his residence with family by his side.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1946, in Peoria, the son of James and Louise Rogers Pankey. He married Betty Jo "Jody" Riley on March 31, 1964, in Peoria.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 47 years; their daughter, Tracey L. Brownell of West Peoria, and her children, Taylor Brownell and Ellis Brownell; and one son, Raymond Shayne (Lisa) Pankey of Mount Sterling, Ky., and their children, Kirstyn, Heidi, Dakota and Levi. He is also survived by one brother, James (Evelyn) Pankey of Crossville, Tenn., and five sisters, Mary Sanders of Las Vegas, Sharon Dale of Crossville, Tenn., Bonita (Ray) Grable of Las Vegas, Sandy Hodges of Crossville, Tenn., and Valerie (Chuck) Elliot of St. Peters, Mo.
His parents, two brothers, Gerald and Ronald Pankey, and one sister, Louella Sales, preceded Ray in death.
He was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran assigned to the Airborne Division at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
He enjoyed various careers, including director of customer and engineering service for Integrated Circuit Technology Inc., director of transportation of the Hardees Corp., and as OTR owner-operator for many years. He was also the proprietor of the former Heights Gun Shop.
Ray enjoyed muscle cars, drag racing, hunting and music. Most of all, Ray was a devout Christian, studying, reading and contemplating the word of God. He loved reading Christian material and discussing his faith with others. He was a very loving and kind person and had a great love and compassion for his family. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is now in heaven with our Lord Jesus, where there is no suffering, pain or tears.
Cremation rites have been accorded, with a memorial service scheduled for noon on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Peoria Heights Congregational Church, 4906 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights, with the Rev. Karl Kramer officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Peoria Heights Congregational Church.
Notes of condolence may be sent to peoriafuneral.com.