New, Bobby Ray

Bobby Ray New, Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired)

May 13, 1942 – November 5, 2020


U.S. Veteran 

Bobby Ray New, age 78, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 5, 2020.  He was joined moments later by his wife Janet New.

Bobby was born on May 13, 1942 in Eubank, KY to the late Albert E. New and Eva Jane (Jones) New. He was a 1961 graduate of Eubank High School. After graduating, Bobby worked at Cornett Machine Shop in Somerset, KY for a year before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1963, where he served honorably for 22 years. He retired in June of 1984 as a Master Sergeant.

He married Nisa Deekrathok Sawyer, he became a loving father to 3 children, Pojana, Charley, and Roger. In June of 1989, Bobby married his soulmate, Janet and added 4 stepchildren, Stacey, Victor, Lee and Darcy whom he adored as his own.

Bobby and Janet were devoted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Bobby was a do it all handyman, a jack of all trades, he enjoyed and was skilled in repairing any and all things mechanical and technical. He had a passion for exploring his family genealogy. 

He is survived by a daughter, Pojana Joseph (Arthur) of Dallas, TX; two sons, Charley New (Ashley) of Waycross, GA and Roger New of Grand Prairie, TX; two stepdaughters, Stacey Hansen (Steve) of Independence, MO; Darcy Whatcott (Matt) of Keller, TX; and two stepsons, Victor Allred (Theresa) of Kansas City, MO and Lee Allred (Michelle) of Kansas City MO; a sister, Betty Lou Wilson (Don) of Ferguson, KY; a brother, Billy New (Sue) of Science Hill, KY; and a special niece, Tish Ann.

He is preceded in death by his father, Albert New and mother, Eva Jane Jones; two sisters, Lona Pittman and Wilma Baston; and two brothers, Dennis F. New and Chester G. New.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Melby Mortuary on Saturday, November 14, 2020.

Celebration of Life Services will be held 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 14th at Melby Mortuary in Mankato, Kansas with Matt Whatcott officiating. Burial will follow in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak, Kansas.   Military honors will be conducted by the US Air Force and Emory Clemons Post #263.

The family suggests memorials to  (ASSA) HEADQUARTERS AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY, 1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 809, Arlington, VA 22202.  For online condolences, please visit

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