|Birth: ||Jul. 19, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 2007|
Wayne L. Ray
Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors
KENNEWICK - On November 7, 2007 at the age of 86 our Dad lost a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and much loved friends and neighbors from the Village at Canyon Lakes.
The staff at the Hospice chaplaincy in Kennewick, WA was heaven on earth to both dad and his family. Their loving care and guidance made the difficult journey one of dignity and compassion and love. Words could never freely express our thanks to this place and the people who serve there. They will forever be in our hearts.
Wayne L. Ray was born to George and Leva Ray on July 19, 1921 in Phillipsberg, KS. He spent his boyhood days working and playing on the family farm in Logan, KS. He attended the same one room school house that his father attended and his first love was Ms. Alberta Patton his teacher.
As a Civilian Conservation Corps member he was proud to have been a part of building the international Peace Garden in North Dakota at the Canadian Border.
We are all proud that Dad served his country in WWII. He was a founding member of the US Army Air Corps (Today we know if it as the US Air Force). His tour of duty was spent in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was 21 years old. While posted in Omaha in 1942, he met his future wife, Agnes, at a bus stop. Instead of heading for their different destinations, they decided to chat over burgers and coffee. They married in 1943 and spent 56 years together until Agnes died in 1999.
Before his death, he spoke of how much he appreciated the days spent hunting and fishing with his son John. "Most enjoyable time I had in my whole life," Wayne said.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents George and Leva Ray of Logan, KS. He is survived by his three children, John (Paula) Ray of Spokane, WA, Susan (Dennis) Burns of Kennewick, WA and Sandy (Sam) Murray of Camas and seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; sisters, Edna Capstick of Kansas, Fayetta Moline of Lincoln, NE.
He was an honest hard working man who spent over 30 years farming hops for Yakima Golding Farms, a job he was proud to do and loved doing.
He was blessed with a rich and full life. He will be greatly missed.
Wayne has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory be made to Research for the cure of ALS (Lou Gherigs Disease) ALS - TDI (Therapy Development Institute) 215 1st Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Visitation will be offered Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors, 201 No. 2nd Street, Yakima. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, also at the funeral home, concluding at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.
Terrace Heights Memorial Park
Created by: Gare Kunert Allen
Record added: Nov 09, 2007
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