Raymond "Mick" Trammell
Monday 1st of September 1924 - Saturday 2nd of November 2019
Celebration of Life
Milward - Man O'War
1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY
Raymond "Mick" Trammell, beloved husband of Doris Ishmael, passed away on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, He was 95.
He was born on September 1st, 1924 in Corbin Kentucky, the son of William and Roberta Trammell. Ray, also known as Mick, grew up in Corbin. In his youth, he was an excellent baseball player. So good, that at 17, his .472 batting average earned him a tryout with the Louisville Colonels. He played semi pro for a time before serving in the military.
Part of the “Greatest Generation”, at age 18 Mick joined the Navy. Although they were Naval men, he and five others were assigned to the 22nd Marines, attached to the 2nd Marine Division. For their outstanding heroism in action against enemy forces during the capture of Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation in 1944.
On his return from the war, he attended, and graduated from Union College. After college he worked selling pharmaceuticals and worked at a bank in Louisville. It was around this time that he started a family, and began a career in the Kentucky State Park System. He was superintendent at Boonesborough, Natural Bridge, Kentucky Dam Village, General Butler, and Cumberland Falls. He retired from the state after 30 plus years. While in the Park System, he resided on the parks, which he really enjoyed, especially if there was a golf course on the park, or nearby. Ray was an avid golfer and continued to play up into his mid-eighties.
He retired to Lexington where he enjoyed going to Keeneland, and to UK Football games, tailgating, meeting the "fellas" for breakfast, golfing, and spending time with his girls and their families.
In 2000, at the young age of 76, he married Doris Ishmael, with his best friend Bob Hazelrigg standing as his best man. Ray and Doris would travel back and forth to Florida for a while, then decided to buy a home in Sun City Florida. They would continue to visit Kentucky. And, being the racing enthusiast that he was, he would time their visits to fall during the spring, and fall meets at Keeneland. The visits would also conveniently correspond with the Ky Football season, as Ray was always a loyal UK Wildcat Fan!
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Eugene "Colby" Trammell, his sister, ORita Sullivan Fletcher, a stepson, John Ishmael, and a granddaughter, Sarah Brittain.
He is survived by his wife Doris Ishmael, daughters, Vanna Brittain, , Marla(Mark) Fister, Candy (Dan) Montgomery, Molly Crockett, step-son James (Susan) Ishmael, step daughter Jan (Mike) Barna, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews. He also left behind dear friends such as Bob Hazelrigg, Dianna Fain, and many, many others.
Ray (Mick), will be remembered as a wonderful, loving husband, father and grandfather. A kind and generous man with a sweet spirit, he was spoken well of by all who knew him.
In the last months of his life, many people joined in to help in his care. The family would like to acknowledge, and thank his caregivers at Allegro in Tampa, and those with Hospice, Desiree, and a special thanks to his wife Doris for the love, care, and companionship she shared with him. And, to his stepdaughter, Jan and her husband, Mike Barna who lived near to Dad and Doris, and who lovingly did what those of us miles away couldn't.
A celebration of Ray's life will be held Sunday, November 17th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm with a tribute/memory sharing at 3:00 pm, at Milward-Man O’War located at 1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington. Donations in his memory may be made to: Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite Charity. To share a remembrance of Ray or offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
On behalf of my parents Kenneth and Shelby Pennington they wanted to express their condolences on the passing of Ray Trammell. Kenneth was first cousins with Ray. He would have liked to have gone to the visitation but is unable to travel. God bless your family.
Love and prayers.
From the first time Marla introduced me to Ray, I felt I had always known him. My daughter at the time was very young and asked if he was her grandfather and I said no. He looked at her and said you can call me granddad if you want to. He was always smiling and a perfect gentleman. I see his kindness, friendliness, and willingness to help others in his daughters. Rest In Peace Ray. Family I know you are very proud of the man you call Dad. God Bless.
A very special man. Treated me just like a daughter! Love and prayers to the family!
Jim and Becky Goodmansays
RIP Ray. What a gem he was. When we tailgated together at UK games he was always the first to leave for the game. To this day when the Cats play I use his phrase “time to go get my ankles taped”. We will remember you with smiles on our faces.
Thoughts and prayers to the family.