Lester Ray Fuller, 72, passed away on February 2, 2022, at his home in Lampasas, Texas after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The family held a private Celebration of Life at the family home in Lampasas on Sunday, February 6.
Ray was born on December 10, 1949, in Houston, Texas to Lester and Olga (Maresh) Fuller. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1968. After high school, he attended college at the University of Houston where he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Ray was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was valedictorian for the College of Engineering.
After graduation, Ray began his engineering career at Texaco where he was awarded a patent for a seismic measuring tool. He later co-founded Petroleum Measurement Corporation. He retired from his role as global IT project manager at Baker Hughes in 2012.
Ray married Barby Hamel in 1969 in Houston, Texas and they were happily married for 52 years. They moved to Lampasas in 2000, and he fell in love with the town. Ray had many passions. He played football in high school and enjoyed racquetball and golf. He had an avid interest in science and particularly the space program. He loved to travel, but he also enjoyed watching the deer outside his home.
He is survived by his spouse Barby of Lampasas, Texas; his son, Chris; son-in-law, Simon Wheatley of Sydney, Australia; daughter, Tracey and son-in-law, Michael Rice; his sister, Pattie, and brother-in-law, David Spradley of Lampasas; his grandchildren, Rhiannon and Ian; and his beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Lampasas Museum, 303 S. Western Ave., Lampasas, TX, 76550