Obituary for Michael "Mike" A. Ray

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Michael "Mike" A. Ray

November 14, 1951 - December 8, 2016

Michael A. ”Mike” Ray, age 65, passed away Thursday morning, December 8, 2016 at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Greenwood and former resident of Trafalgar.

Mike was born November 14, 1951, in Franklin. He was a 1970 graduate of Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar and went on to attend Indiana University. Mike retired in 2011 as the owner and operator of DJ Ray Construction after 38 years of service. He was also the owner and operator of Ray Realty from 1997 to 2011.

Mike was a member of the Emmanuel Church of Greenwood and Greenwood Moose Lodge #2079. He enjoyed golfing, traveling and snow skiing in Colorado and Montana. Mike was a fan of Indiana University Men’s Basketball and the Indianapolis Colts.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Brenda S. (Crawford) Ray, whom he married on April 19, 1997 in Indianapolis. Mike is also survived by his parents, William A. “Bill” and Evelyn (Bower) Ray of Trafalgar; children, Darrell (Lorie) Ray of Franklin, Jacen (Kristen) Ray of Greenwood and Amanda Ray of West Palm Beach, Florida; siblings, Debbie (Steve) Scott, Cindy (Donald) Thompson and Scott (Dawn) Ray all of Trafalgar and David (Betsy) Ray of Warsaw; sister in law, Karen Ray of Franklin; step children, Tonya Kennedy of Danville, Brandon Wood of Greenwood and Justin (Pam) Wood of Noblesville; grandchildren Madison and Logan Ray, Ava and Lexi Ray, Drew and Kaitlyn DeHart, Mason, Bradley and Brennan Woods.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Rob” Ray.

Pastor Ben Greenbaum will conduct a funeral service on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Trafalgar United Methodist Church, 375 Pleasant St. in Trafalgar. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be at First Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Mike to the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St. Ste. 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Ray family at

Information: (812) 597-4670



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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, December 12, 2016

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trafalgar United Methodist Church


375 Pleasant Street, Trafalgar, IN, 46181

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

Trafalgar United Methodist Church


375 Pleasant Street, Trafalgar, IN, 46181

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Born: November 14, 1951
Died: December 8, 2016

Condolences for Michael “Mike” Ray

Carol Ray Codling posted on 12/9/16

A truly wonderful man. I will continue missing him


Tracie Brown posted on 12/12/16

With deepest sympathy as you remember Mike. May the love of family and friends surround you during this difficult time.


Teresa Woods posted on 12/12/16

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.


Buddy & Barbara Cave posted on 12/12/16

To all the Ray family, we would like to express our deep concerns on Mikes passing. Especially to our dear friends Bill & Evelyn. We are so sorry for your loss and be sure that you are in our prayers during this trying time. Mike was a great man and we know that he made you proud of him. Our loss will be heaven's gain. Buddy & Barbara Cave


Marilyn and Tom Welch posted on 12/9/16

Bill and Evelyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Marilyn and Tom Welch


Emma Lou Mann Flake posted on 12/9/16

I remember Mike from High School at Indian Creek he was a dear friend and a very good person!


Mendy Smith posted on 12/9/16

Very sorry to hear of your family loss. Prayers for healing and comfort.


Sara, Steven, Keeley, and Kurstin Thompson posted on 12/9/16

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Love, Thompson's


Diana Cunningham, Lasley. Drew. posted on 12/9/16

I am so sorry to hear this. Mike was my brother in law and he was such a sweet kind man. Always smiling. I will never forget when he overcame his illness when we all were first married. He fought hard to overcome it. He had just become a new father then and you never saw anything but his huge smile through it all. He adored all his children. We were in the same graduating class too. God Speed my friend. You were loved.


Tom Voyles posted on 12/9/16

My sincere condolences to Mike's family. We were close friends in high school and remained friends always. Mike is in my thoughts and his family is in my prayers. He was a good friend, I'll miss him.


Heather Boyle posted on 12/9/16

Ray Family, I was so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. I know this is a hard time for all of you and words can't even come close to expressing how sorry I am for your loss. I just pray that God will be your source of peace and comfort, now and in the days to come. Love you all! Heather Boyle and Family


Eric and Jane Weaver posted on 12/12/16

To the family of sorry to learn of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


Ron Grose posted on 12/11/16

Graduated with Mike in 1970. Prayers to all of his family.


Dan & Sherry Kean posted on 12/10/16

May GOD comfort and bless your family. Mike was a kind kid that I enjoyed growing up with. I know he will be missed terribly.