In his youth, Ray played baseball and enjoyed sports. He was a nature lover, enjoyed walking and watching animals. During his career, Ray was an insurance agent in Springfield. Most of all, Ray loved his family and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill Roderick; and a son, Shane Diggs.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Gloria Roderick of the home; a daughter, Keri Trogdon of Springfield, Missouri; a son, Clark Diggs of Springfield, Missouri; five grandchildren and their spouses; three great grandchildren with two more on the way; a brother, Jack Roderick and wife Betty Jo of Poplarville, Mississippi; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private and held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Ray may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri c/o the Dorothy Jo Barker Professorship.