Raymond Earl Horky

Born in Springfield, MA on February 28, 1940

Departed on November 13, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Raymond E. Horky, age 79 of Gallatin, passed away November 13, 2019. Raymond was born in Springfield, MA on February 28, 1940 to the late Jules and Mildred Horky. After graduating from West High School, he attended Iowa State University on a football scholarship where he excelled at his position of tight end. Raymond was a veteran of the United States Army, honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant First Class; he was proud of his military service and was a true patriot and supporter of the United States and The Ohio State University Buckeyes until the day he died. He was a firefighter for the city of Columbus, Ohio for 34 years; he was an avid hunter and enjoyed going on big game hunting trips with his uncles and brother; he enjoyed fishing and loved being on the water. His family will remember him for his gregarious personality; he could always light up a room with his great sense of humor and had a way to make everyone feel special. Ray was an extremely hard worker and a great provider for his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carol Horky; daughters, Carrie Wood (David) of Bellville, OH, and Lorrie Hudson (Bobby Franco) of Gallatin, TN; grandchildren, Emily Wood-Howard (Micah) of Knoxville, TN, Austin Hudson of Gallatin, TN, Carson Wood of Nashville, TN, and Hannah Hudson of Gallatin, TN; great-grandchild, Baby Howard on the way in May 2020; loving sister, Carol Stacy (Frank) of Cave Creek, AZ, and brother, John Horky of Morehead City, NC; several loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, great Aunt, nieces and nephews. In accordance with his wishes, Ray’s cremated remains will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Hendersonville, TN. A life celebration honoring his life will be held at a later date in Columbus, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, Gallatin, TN Phone: (615)452-1943 www.crestviewfh.com

24 Comments to Mr. Raymond Earl Horky

  1. Colleen Jones
    November 15, 2019 5:36 pm

    To Lorrie and Carrie
    I know it will be hard moving forward, especially the next few weeks. Search for signs of Jesus’ loving presence as you journey along the path of life. Look for the little pleasures that he has strewn along your path way; Sometimes in the surprising places and thank Him for each one. Your thankfulness will keep you close to Him and help you find joy in your journey.

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 15, 2019 9:29 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Colleen. My dad enjoyed attending your wedding and dancing! He was full of life and loved singing, dancing, having a good time, and making people laugh. He will be greatly missed and it will be difficult to get through the upcoming holidays. We have la loving and comforting Father to help us through the journey. We know dad is in a better place just singing, dancing, and laughing in Heaven with his mom, dad, and so many relatives. Love, Lorrie

  2. Sue Brown
    November 15, 2019 9:10 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy too,

    Carrie Wood and Family
    Lorrie Hudson and Family
    Carol Ann Horky
    Relatives “ Horky “

    We send our love at this diffcult time in the loss of Raymond Horky.

    We send Gods blessings at this diffcult time of grief, who we all loved so much.!!!

    Love,
    Aunt Sue and Uncle Wayne.
    Coatesville, Penna.19320.

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 15, 2019 9:37 pm

      Thanks so much Aunt Sue and Uncle Wayne for being so loving, caring, and supportive throughout this difficult time. As much as we knew this day would come it’s so difficult to lose such a great husband, father, brother, papa, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, and friend. He was the best and battled the terrible disease of Alzheimers with courage, strength, faith, and laughter until the end. Love, Lorrie

  3. John Horky
    November 16, 2019 10:31 am

    The most consistently loyal man of integrity I have ever known…a truly good soul ! Ray…for years my hero , my mentor , my friend…your kind & loving light shall be deeply & dearly missed by all… Rest In a much deserved peace & calm my big brother ! GO BUCKEYES………………

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 16, 2019 9:33 pm

      I completely agree Uncle John. My dad was always Superman to me as a young child and will always be my hero. Carrie and I had the best father anyone could ask for. His love for his girls, his family, his many relatives, and friends was like no other. He will always be my hero and will now be loving and protecting us all from Heaven. Go Buckeyes! 🏈🇺🇸❤️

      • Uncle John
        November 19, 2019 11:58 am

        Lorrie…You & your crew hang in there , it never ever gets easy but great memories , prayers & friends are like wings !

  4. Chuck & Jane Rubbo
    November 16, 2019 11:14 am

    Hi Carol, Lorrie & Carrie,

    Jane and i were so sorry to hear about the passing of Ray. We know he is in a better place and watching over all of you. Don’t hesitate to ask him for help getting through these difficult times. He will always be there for you!

    We remember him telling us how he would sternly question the dates you brought home to meet him and mom. We would laught about it, but we knew he was serious because he loved you girls so much! He was always smiling and laughing!

    Remember the good times and know we are praying for all of you and your families .

    Love,
    Chuck & Jane Rubbo
    Chester Springs, PA

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 16, 2019 9:42 pm

      Thanks so much Chuck and Jane. Yes our dad ALWAYS brought out his rifle anytime Carrie or I had a guy come over to the house. He was a great hunter and I recently found on his Army paperwork he excelled in sharp shooting. 😀 He would also give any guy dating us a “pizza test” to ensure the guy had good driving skills before he would allow them to drive us in their car. We also felt protected and loved while he was here and know he will be watching us from Heaven. He always said he would be in jail if anything ever happened to one of his girls. Thank you for your kind words and sharing a fun memory.

      Love, Lorrie

  5. Wayne Brown
    November 16, 2019 7:41 pm

    I remember Ray wanted to go Deep Sea Fishing, so one Summer, I planNed to go fishing at the Indian River Outlet and into the Atlantic Ocean. We boarded the fishing boat at 5 a.m. in the morning and traveled out to the Atlantic Ocean for 20 miles, we anchored and began fishing.
    After 5 hours fishing, no luck but realized Ray was not feeling well and put his fishing pole down, felt sick and just wanted to go back to shore.
    He said a very short Prayer and said, “Dear Lord, please get me off of this big boat, I don’t feel too well”, we returned back to the dock safely and Ray said, “that was a unique experience but really enjoyed it”!
    He was a real trooper, being adventurous and awesome in his strong efforts with everything else did!

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 16, 2019 9:54 pm

      Thanks for your years of love and fun adventures with dad. He always had a way of making the best of any circumstance
      including fighting through the biggest battle of his life with Alzheimer’s. I have never seen a man more courageous and so full of laughter than my dad. He was always a character and wanted to make everyone else laugh. I told him he missed his calling of being a comedian or entertainer. Everyone who dad met immediately fell in love with his humor and personality. Love to you and the family! ❤️

  6. Dana & Julie Belcher
    November 17, 2019 8:23 pm

    Hello Carol, Carrie, and Lorrie. Sorry to hear that your dad had passed. All of your family will be in our prayers during this difficult time.

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 17, 2019 11:47 pm

      Thank-you Dana and Julie! Dad really loved the fire department and his great friend “Belcher”. We have so many fond memories of being with you and your family and visiting dad at the firehouse. Growing up, Carrie and I always thought the fire house was the coolest place ever to work and felt it was a fitting place for our father, our Superhero, to put his life on the line for others everyday he was there. Dad is now entertaining everyone in Heaven and playing with his 2 dogs again Tootsie and Buffy.

      Love, Lorrie Hudson

  7. Norm Parrish
    November 18, 2019 1:24 pm

    Dear Carol and Family, so sorry to hear about Ray’s passing I have many great memories of our time working together at Station 31, and staying at the Perido, FL beach home. Ray could talk anybody into anything. I once said to Ray I would like to take a ride in the Goodyear Blimp when it came to Bolton Field airport next time it landed Ray had me boarding the blimp for a ride over the OSU horseshoe. Our Prayers are with all of the Family during this time.

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 18, 2019 8:32 pm

      Norm,

      Thank-you for sharing your fond memories of my dad. He was an amazing man, great firefighter, and he loved all the men he worked with at the fire department. He was Superman to me growing up – he could do anything he set his mind to do. He would figure it out and get it done! Now the story he told could be “embellished” but that’s what we loved about him. He could make anyone laugh and he loved and lived life to the fullest! My dad was so very proud and worked so hard when he owned apartment complexes in Ohio and 2 condos in Perdido Key, FL and Orange Beach, AL. Please tell his fellow firefighters he just loved his job and all the friendships he made over the years.

      I will let my mom know about your comments. Thanks again.

      Sincerely,
      Lorrie Hudson

  8. Melisa Salamony
    November 18, 2019 9:59 pm

    Dear Carol, Lorrie and Carrie, and his grandchildren,
    My heart hurts for all of you. So much of your time in these past years has been consumed with living and caring for him so well. Your mourning started years ago. I only hope and pray that as time passes that all those wonderful funny beautiful memories fill all the heartache you have endured. This is the first loss you cannot seek his counsel or receive a hug. However your spirit, endurance, and humor live on in each of you and the Grandkids. God bless each of you.
    Love and hugs from your Feder Rd. Family,
    Missy

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 20, 2019 12:19 am

      Thanks Mis! You are correct that our mourning started 4 years ago with the confirmation of dad’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It has truly been one heck of a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs since 2015! I feel honored and privileged to have been there by his side through it all. I learned so much more about my dad these past 4 years. I was able to witness the good, the bad, and the ugly. Dad remained strong in his faith and constantly pointed out the amazing blue sky, unique clouds, “eagles” soaring overhead, and beautiful sunny days. My dad faced this last and most difficult journey of his life with amazing strength and courage making jokes, laughing, and doing his funny antics. He was a jokester and entertainer until the end. He always tried to make light of the situation to help his girls. He loved to sing and dance with the nurses, his granddaughter, or myself just weeks before his passing. So many pictures and memories to forever hold dear in my heart. Thanks for your love and support and the Salamony family over so many years. Dad’s last trip to Ohio was for your dad’s birthday. It’s a trip that he so enjoyed! ❤️

  9. Ed and Marlene Groth
    November 19, 2019 7:24 am

    Ed and I will miss Ray so very much. I met Ray for the first time when I was in third grade at an OSU beauty pageant and Ray flew in to see my sister in the pageant who was singing Moon River for her talent. Memories flood from Columbus to our family memories from Florida to our farm. One Thanksgiving, it rained hard , cold and icy, but Ray and his nephews , my boys, Kevin and Dan, and all Ed went out regardless. Carol And Ray were going to Pa. next . However, everyone got the flu and We had company for the next week. Ray was sunshine where ever he went and there was always smiles, laughter and no overcast weather wherever he went on his adventures. We were lucky to have him in our family.

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 20, 2019 12:23 am

      Thanks for sharing those memories Aunt Marlene. Dad was always up for adventure despite the weather. Thanks for all your love and opening up your home over the years.

      Love, Lorrie

  10. William N. Huiss
    November 20, 2019 3:36 pm

    Dear Carol and family, You have my sincere condolences. Ray was a great guy and will always be remembered. I enjoyed working with him at Fire Station #2. Some people leave fond memories with you and Ray was one of those people.
    Bill Huiss

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 26, 2019 9:50 pm

      Bill,

      Thank-you for sending your condolences and sharing your fond memories of our amazing father. We recently found a firefighter hat at his house – “Firefighter Training 7 Columbus”.
      He loved being a firefighter and I recall him talking fondly about Fire Station #2.

      Sincerely,
      Lorrie Hudson

  11. Mary Anne Mercill
    November 22, 2019 5:12 pm

    We are so sorry, Lorrie. You and your sweet family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Mary Anne Mercill

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 26, 2019 9:50 pm

      Bill,

      Thank-you for sending your condolences and sharing your fond memories of our amazing father. We recently found a firefighter hat at his house – “Firefighter Training 7 Columbus”.
      He loved being a firefighter and I recall him talking fondly about Fire Station #2.

      Sincerely,
      Lorrie Hudson

    • Lorrie Hudson
      November 26, 2019 9:52 pm

      Mary Anne,

      Thank-you so much for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻

      Love,

      Lorrie Hudson

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