Dover Plains – Raymond Allen Stickles, Jr., 84, a lifelong Dutchess County resident, died peacefully on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at his home in Dover Plains, NY surrounded by his loving companion and children. Ray worked for Louis Wells Farm in Gallatin, NY for over 20 years and was a property caretaker in Millbrook, NY for many years.

Born October 1, 1935, in Red Hook, NY he was the son of the late Raymond Ellsworth Stickles and Sylvia DuBois (Scism) Stickles. On December 19, 1958, in Hudson, NY he married Sophie R. Wyant. Mrs. Stickles died on January 10, 2004. Ray was an avid car and Cadillac enthusiast who loved to “wheel and deal” and collect and sell or trade lawn care equipment and tractors in his spare time. He will forever be remembered for being a dapper dresser and never having a hair out of place. He was a loving father and grandfather and brother and his family will miss him dearly.

Ray is survived by his loving companion, Abbe Blume of Dover Plains, nine children; Raymond A. “Chipper” Stickles of Rhinebeck, Margie A. Stickles of Lake Katrine, Cindy S. Miles of Pine Plains, Bobby L. Stickles and Billy J. Stickles of South Carolina, Tammy L. Stickles of Amenia, Sophie R. Bodge of Saugerties, Shawn E. Stickles of Dover Plains and Patty J. Stickles of South Carolina; twenty grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren, nine siblings; Thomas Stickles, Luann Brizzie, Robert Stickles, Sylvia Wendover, Marie Cade, Alice Palmer, Joseph Stickles, Conrad Stickles and Herman Stickles and several nieces and nephews and many friends. Ray was predeceased by a brother, David Stickles and a sister, Beverly Brazee.

Graveside services and burial for Ray and his wife Sophie will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11 am at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton, NY. Pastor William Mayhew will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dyson Center for Cancer Care in Poughkeepsie, NY or to Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.