Gov. Robert D. Ray: A True Statesman

Iowa lost a political giant this past weekend. Governor Robert D. Ray was a true statesmen. Below are the details for his visitation and services as well as some condolences from Iowa’s current leaders.

Iowa State Capitol Rotundra
1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
Thursday, July 12, 2018
5:30PM – 8:30PM
A brief wreath ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.

First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
Friday, July 13, 2018

Click here to read Governor Ray’s Obituary.

“Governor Ray’s legacy lives on in the millions of people that he impacted as a tremendous statesman for Iowa and our nation. His civility, courage and common-sense governing set a high standard for those who followed.” – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

“Governor Ray leaves behind a legacy of public service whose humanitarianism and visionary leadership as the state’s chief executive will enrich our state for generations to come. A soldier, statesman, citizen and CEO, Bob Ray was a profile of an American patriot. From my years in the statehouse through my first term in the U.S. Senate, I witnessed Gov. Ray strengthen the grassroots of our party, make Iowa a better place to grow, and build our state’s economy. Barbara and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Billie and the entire Ray family. He will be greatly missed.” – Senator Chuck Grassley

“Bob Ray was beloved; across Iowa and the country. My prayers go out to his family at this time, as well as all those he helped, in his many years of service to Iowa.” – Senator Joni Ernst

“Like many Iowa, I was honored to be able to meet and spend some time with former Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray. A strong servant of the people of Iowa. A great humanitarian. A good man. May he rest in peace.” – Congressman David Young

“A classy gentleman who led Iowa with poise and humility. He will be missed, but his impact on our great state is still felt today.” – Congressman Rod Blum

“Governor Ray was a combination of statesmanship, unquestioned integrity, and leadership that transcended politics. Just hours before I assumed the Chairmanship of the Iowa Republican Party, I visited the Governor and he provided me advice and guidance. Every single time I walked away from a visit with Bob Ray, I realized that I had just been in the presence of an Iowa legend. My sincere condolences go out to his wife and daughters with my sincere gratitude for sharing the man who helped to make our precious Iowa a better place.” – Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann