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Ray Harrod Obituary

Ray  M. Harrod
Ray M. Harrod

July 11, 1934 - March 25, 2017
Born in Hale, Missouri
Resided in Monterey, CA
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Ray M. Harrod, 82, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2017 surrounded by his wife of 62 years, Bobbie, and his four children.
Born in Hale Missouri, Ray moved to California with his parents Eden and Everett Harrod and his brother Glen in 1937. Settling in the West Los Angeles area, Everett, and eventually his boys, started working in the construction trades. The family then moved to the San Fernando Valley where Ray met and married the love of his life, Bobbie. In 1957 the family moved to the Salinas Valley where Everett Harrod and his two sons, Ray and Glen, started Harrod and Sons Construction. The father and son team started building homes, apartments and commercial projects in Salinas and throughout the Monterey County area. As their business grew they also conducted business as Harrod Homes and Harrod Brothers. Ray and Glen built a solid reputation for quality construction and attention to detail. Ray studied and became a licensed architect and drew many of the plans for the projects they constructed. The partners eventually became land developers and started designing and building entire subdivisions from raw land to finished neighborhoods.
For his long time effort and involvement in the Salinas building industry, Ray was named "Construction Man of the Year" in 1982 by the Salinas Valley Builders Exchange. Ray was also a member and chairman of the Design Review Board of the City of Salinas, a member and chairman of the Board of Appeals for the City of Salinas, member and president of the Salinas Valley Builders Exchange and sat on the Board of Directors for Common Ground. Additionally, Ray was a long time member of the Salinas Elks Club because of their work with disabled children. This always had a special place in Ray and Bobbie's hearts as their first daughter Debbie, was born with Cerebral Palsy.
Both Ray and Glen retired from the construction industry in 2005 after completing their last and largest development, The Harden Ranch. Ray spent his retirement years enjoying his many interests which included travel, relaxing at their lake house and time spent with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Ray is survived by his loving wife Bobbie and four children- Kathy Bales, Ray M Harrod Jr. (Linda), Michael Harrod and Ryan Harrod (Megan). Ray's oldest daughter, Debra Rae, passed away in 1984. Ray is also survived by his brother, Glen Harrod, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to Matt, Sara and the staff at the Westland House who cared for Ray during his final days and for the comfort and support they provided to his entire family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory may be made to: The Hospice of the Central Coast
2 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Professional Center Suite D120, Monterey, CA 93940.

Visitation will be held at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901 on Thursday March 30, 2017 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

Funeral Service will be held at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, Friday March 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm.

Burial to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.

Reception to follow.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com




Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, March 31, 2017
1:30 PM
Garden of Memories Cemetery
850 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, March 31, 2017


Hospice of the Central Coast
2 Upper Rasgdale DR Suite D120
Monterey, CA US 93940