|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1918|
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 2012|
His parents were William Jesse (1875-1954) and Maude Henderson (1879-1955) Banta.
Ray was the youngest of seven children.
He attended Indianapolis Public School #10, 27, Perry Twp Schools 4 and 9, Tech High School, Butler University, and briefly, art course at John Herron, and radio writing and announcing. (He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and earned both a B.S. and M.B.A. while working as an auditor.)
Ray attended the College Avenue Baptist Church in the 1920's. He was a member of Third Christian Church 1945-1976, Greenwood Christian Church 1976-1997, and the Southport Heights Christian Church 1996-1997. At Third Christian Church he was a member of the Christian Men Builders Class.
He delivered the Indianapolis News and the Indianapolis Star; worked as an errand boy at the engraving firm of Rhoades, Hice and Etter Inc in Indianapolis around 1935; as a computer operator at Armour's meat packing plant; clerk at Rink's clothing store in Indianapolis; a shipping clerk and accounts payable clerk at Schwitzer-Cummins Co in Indianapolis; a clerk and internal auditor at the Finance Center, US Army; auditor with the Army Audit Branch of the General Accounting Office; and auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency. He retired in 1972.
He was a member of the Indiana Oral History Round Table for a number of years. He was active in genealogical pursuits, playing tennis, presenting travelogues of his overseas trips and giving talks about the history of Indiana humor.
In 1990 Ray realized a dream with the publication of INDIANA LAUGHMAKERS, a history of humor in Indiana with brief biological information on over 400 Hoosiers who have made the world laugh.
The book is the product of research that began in 1935, when Ray realized that humor was for him a hobby, and that accounting was a better way of making a living. His interest in cartooning began when he worked for Rhoades, Hice and Etter Inc, the firm which did the engraving for The Indianapolis News.
The job brought him into regular contact with cartoonists Hugh O'Donnell and Charles Kuhn. At the time, Kuhn was drawing editorial cartoons for the News. He later created the cartoon Grandma for King Feathures Syndicate.
Ray sold two cartoons before he decided to go to Butler University to prepare for an accounting career. One was a cartoon of a sign painter telling the race car driver to take the first lap slowly, which appeared in a magazine for professional sign painters, Signs of the Times. Soon after he sold a cartoon to the Indiana Teacher magazine.
Ray never married.
Services for Ray were held at 2 pm Wednesday, February 1st at our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chapel at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens with calling there from 1 pm. Arrangements: Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.
Oaklawn Memorial Gardens
Created by: Charlene Harmon
Record added: Jan 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84259170
May you always be remembered.|
Added: Feb. 3, 2012
A sweet and gentle man. Rest in peace. Charlene|
Added: Feb. 1, 2012
Added: Feb. 1, 2012