Colonel Raymond T. “Ray” Nutter was a proud Kentuckian and a true American hero. He was born in Georgetown, KY, attended Nicholasville High School and was a star football player at Western Kentucky University (WKU) graduating in 1953. In college he met and married his wife, Bobbie Jean Atwood. They had two children, Gina and Mike.
After graduation from WKU, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and graduated from flight school in 1959. During his distinguished Army career, Colonel Nutter served as a Senior Aviator, Helicopter Pilot, Gunship Pilot, Master Parachutist, Battalion Commander and senior advisor to the Kentucky National Guard.