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December 20, 1948 - January 22, 2017
Ray Sterling, born December 20, 1948 in Howe, OK, passed peacefully at age 68, on January 22, 2017 with his loving family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ola Mae and Loy Eugene Sterling of Crows Landing, CA.
He is survived by his beloved wife Julie Sterling of 36 years; Sons: Michael Ray Sterling (Jamie), and Jeremy Ray Sterling; Grandchildren: Michael Ray Sterling Jr. and Isabel Sterling. He is also survived by Brothers: Troy Sterling (Lynne), Carl Sterling (Phyllis), and Robert Sterling (Alesia); and Sisters: Kathy Parrish (Don); and Charlotte Holland (Michael). Ray is also survived by his first wife, Rosa Linda Ortega-Reed, the mother of Michael Ray Sterling.
He graduated from Orestimba H.S. in 1968, and furthered his education earning his Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science from the University of San Francisco.
Ray proudly served his country in the United States Army for 8 years as an MP and a member of CID.
Ray also worked to the level of Sgt. at Newman Police Department and was later hired by Gustine Police Department where he worked in the SMACC Unit. He was later hired at Merced Police Department where he served as FTO, Detective, CSRT, and served on various Task Forces such as Tri-City Narcotics Intelligence Fordce, MMNTF and HIDTA. Ray was well known and highly respected in the law enforcement community, where he served over 35 years. He retired 10-10-05, but was rehired as a Reserve Police Officer where he investigated Cold Cases for the Merced Police Department.
Ray enjoyed farming his pistachio orchard, forging knives, and assembling/finishing muzzle loaders. He also enjoyed playing cards, baking, occasional trips to the casino, and especially spending time with his loving family. He's a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and endeared friend. He is loved and will be deeply missed.
There was a "Celebration of Life" for Ray on January 28, 2017 at the ASC Banquet Hall in Atwater, CA
The family would like to extend the deepest gratitude to Dr. Merla Puray, Dr. Yasmeen Khalad, Dr. Schuller and Dr. Taggert (and each of their staffs), as well as everyone else who so graciously offered their help and support.
Published by Merced Sun Star on Jan. 27, 2017.
The above information includes details online here at the time of this posting.