John Ray Eby, Sr. – dedicated father and friend – passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on November 12, 2022. He was born on August 23, 1940, to Henry Eby and Opal Griffin of Quapaw, Ok. He was preceded in death by his brother Alvin, and sisters Loretta and Norma. His loving sister Sharon Sohler, whom he adored, resides in Oregon.
John is survived by two daughters, Johnna Beaty of Miami, Ok & husband Bryan and Patty Jo Eby of Kansas City, Mo, and two sons, Johnny Taylor of Pleasanton, Ks & wife Becky, and John Ray, Jr of Miami, OK. His daughter, Teasha Taylor, of Kansas City, Mo, preceded him in death.
He was also the proud papa of the following grandchildren: NaCole & Bennie, NaTasha, Denise, Brayden, Samira, Jasper, Dustin & Amber, Justin, Raeanne, Ashlee, Anthony, & Hillarie, and great grandchildren; Jayden, Case, Angelina, Tyson, Berklee, Julian, Joziah, Greyzin, Kadence, Cadence, & Ivan, with whom he spent countless years taking fishing, crafting, storytelling, offering advice, and supporting their interests. He was a father figure to countless other children and families throughout his life, whom he adopted in his heart and loved like his own, such as Bobby & Brenda, Melissa, Sarah, Ashley & Mason.
Everyone who knew John remembers his kind heart and mischievous nature. He always had a story to tell, a joke to share, and a trick up his sleeve. He loved sharing his belief in the Bible, Jehovah God, and his dream of earthly paradise with anyone he came across. His generosity knew no bounds; he compassionately helped anyone he came across with kind words or the shirt off his back. His greatest joy in life was to make others smile and laugh.
John was an avid fisherman and nature lover. He spent a large part of his life with his fishing rod in hand, riding horses, and hiking through the forests of Oklahoma & the Ozarks. He loved farm life, always having a garden and countless farm animals, chickens, crows, and dogs being among his favorites. He was a remarkable baker and grill master, renowned for his cinnamon rolls and grilled barbecue meats.
He was proud to be one of the last miners in NE Oklahoma. Mining was truly one of his greatest passions and he considered it an art in itself. He loved sharing stories of times working with his dad & brother in the mines. During his life, he was also a diesel mechanic, roofer, and construction worker, and those who knew him would say his work ethic would put any young man under the table.
His imagination and creativity knew no bounds. He was a local folk artist and the creator of Eby’s Whimsical Creations, where he fashioned a variety of art such as wind chimes, birdhouses, and walking sticks inspired by his life in Oklahoma, which he created with recyclable materials and natural items such as wood, fauna, and stone. The only thing he enjoyed more than creating art was gifting it to friends & family.
He fostered a deep love of music throughout his life, inspiring him to write hundreds of songs with the dream of one day hearing them played on the radio. He loved to dance, sing, and celebrate the highs and lows of life through his lyrics and music. His family has very fond memories of him teaching them tunes, singing together, and listening to him sing his original songs.
At his request, there will not be a public memorial. The family will hold a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.
The family requests that anyone who would like to remember our dear dad & friend can do so by planting a tree/perennial in his memory.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.