Raymond  Tracy
Raymond Tracy
Raymond Tracy

May 21, 1961 - January 4, 2020
Born in Montana
Resided in Bondurant, Iowa
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Raymond Eugene Tracy Jr. was born in Helena, Montana on May 21st, 1961. He went to his heavenly home Saturday, January 4th, 2020. He is survived by his wife Sherri, parents Cathy and Topper, his children Tanner (Erin), Jake, and Geena, his grandchildren Tatum, Aspen, and Quinton, his siblings Greg (JoDee), Jim, Liz (Zack), Rita, and Jennifer (Kevin), many nieces and nephews and friends, who he loved a lot. Ray is now in Jesus’ arms with his sister Lisa (Tim), Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, and Friends. We can only imagine their joyous celebration.

Written by Ray for a Peila family reunion in August of 1993 ~

I am the oldest of Cathy and Toppers kids, born May 21st, 1961, in Helena, MT, we then moved to Miles City when I was two years old.
Some of my best memories of growing up was going to Joe’s ranch with Joe and grandpa. We would beg grandpa to tell us stories of when he was young, and he always did. He would also sing to us the song “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing”. When we would get home, we would run to tell grandma about all the wildlife we’d seen. She always seemed interested and would have plenty of food and treats for us. She enjoyed everything any of her grandkids did.

Joe always had an interest in horse racing. I would go with him whenever he would let me. By the time I was in 6th-grade, mom and dad got their first racehorse from Joe. From then on, our family spent most of the summer at the race track instead of the ranch. After graduating from Custer County High School in 1979 I spent a couple of winters in California and Arizona on the track. Summers were spent racing with the family.

In 1983, I married Sherri James who was teaching in Miles City. She grew up on a ranch in the badlands of North Dakota. We made our home in Miles City training horses throughout Montana, while Sherri taught school. In 1985, our first son Tanner was born. In 1987, Jake was born.
The fall Jake was born we left Miles City and went to Arizona to race for the winter. The next spring, we went to Washington State where they have year-round racing. In 1991, after moving a lot, we bought a small horse farm in Yakima, Washington. Our little girl, Geena Rae was born on October 22nd, 1992, much to the happiness of her brothers and folks. We enjoy going to the lake, camping, skiing, or to the ocean salmon fishing.
We are still dreaming of the big horse that will take us to Kentucky!


In 2000, Ray and his family moved to Iowa where he and his family built a beautiful home for themselves and their horses. He would always remind his kids before they went to catch horses to ~ “now don’t get your head kicked off”. He remained working and living life during his 5-year battle with cancer. To Ray, his parents, siblings, close friends and family meant everything. He loved hunting, fishing, horse racing, all sports, and the Oakland Raiders. Since the arrival of grandchildren, his greatest joy has been spending time with them. He was his families go-to person and first phone call for any and all situations. As our heartaches with him no longer being physically with us, he will forever be in our hearts.

Arrangements by Iles Grandview Park Chapel.





Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
3300 Easton Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50317
Thursday, January 9, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM