Raymond B. Gubser Jr., 94, a pivotal component in the formation for the LVMPD and history of Las Vegas passed away on April 8, 2022 in Overton, NV. Gubser was born on September 1, 1927 to Raymond Sr. And Lila Morgan in Glendale, CA. In 1945, he graduated from the Merchant Maritime School where he served until the end of World War II. He developed a love for service. He was a man’s man. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, like his father.
He built houses and became an expert carpenter in the Los Angeles area. Ray married his wife, Anita in 1946, and they later moved their family to Las Vegas, NV in 1953, where he became a N. Las Vegas Police Officer. He had two children, Lester and Sandy. In 1955, Raymond moved to be a Sheriff’s Deputy for Clark County. He was later promoted to Chief Deputy for Ralph Lamb in just nine years. Known as a “straight shooter”, he was selected to attend the FBI LE Academy in 1966. In July of 1972, Ray was one of seventeen committee members that would move to merge the Sheriff’s office with the Las Vegas Police, forming Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Ray later retired in 1977, after a career of earning many commendations for his leadership roles and countless hours in serving and protecting the community. His P# was 27.
Ray then opened Ray Gubser Detective Agency.
Ray’s wife, Anita, passed away in 1980 due to cancer. Ray later married Francis Gilbreath, a retired probation/police officer, in 1980. They began to travel, fish and hunt in throughout the western United States. Over the years, they had homes in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and finally Overton, NV. Fran passed away in 2020.
Ray is survived by his children, Lester and Sandra; his sisters, Pamela and Barbara, his five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He asked for no services. A Flag Ceremony will be held on June 1, 2022 1-3:00 p.m. at the LVMPD Headquarters, 400 S. Martin Luther King BLVD, Las Vegas, NV. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in their Guest Book at www.moapavalleymortuary.com.
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