William A. “Bill” Ray, age 87, passed away Tuesday evening, June 5, 2018 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. He was a life-long resident of Trafalgar.
Bill was born on March 1, 1931 in Trafalgar and was the youngest of six children to the late Charles and Ethel Mae (Truman) Ray. He was a 1949 graduate of Trafalgar High School and went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Ruth “Evelyn” Bowers on October 15, 1950 in Trafalgar. She survives after 67 loving years of marriage.
Bill retired after 40 years as the owner and operator of his family’s Dairy Farm in Trafalgar. While farming, Bill, along with his family, was known for the painting of many local homes and businesses for more than 50 years. Most recently, Bill will be remembered for owning and operating Ray’s Produce in Trafalgar. He could be found selling his produce at home or at various markets throughout the area that he grew on his five acre garden.
He was a life-long member of the Trafalgar United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee and was instrumental in the building and painting of the new church. Bill loved being involved in the church choir and selecting the hymns. He served on various board and committees through the years. Most notably, as a Johnson County Commissioner, Johnson County Council, Nineveh Hensley Jackson School Board, Precinct Committeemen, Hensley Township Trustee and the Hensley Township Advisory Board.
Bill enjoyed starting his day by meeting up with friends for breakfast at a local restaurant to discuss sports, politics or to tell stories. He enjoyed gardening and was his grandchildren’s biggest fan during their sporting events or other activities they were involved in. Bill was an avid Purdue University fan.
Bill is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Lucinda (Don) Thompson of Trafalgar, Debbie (Steve) Scott of Trafalgar, Dave (Betsy) Ray of Warsaw and Scott (Dawn) Ray of Trafalgar; daughter in laws, Karen Ray of Franklin and Brenda Ray of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Darrell (Lorie) Ray, Jacen (Kristen) Ray, Amanda Ray, Gabriel “Gabe” Thompson, Daniel (Hope) Thompson, Christopher (Jenny) Thompson, Marcia (Tony) Zupancic, Leslie Ann Ray, Justin (Carolyn) Ray, Kyle (Claire) Ray, Deanna Lynne Burton, Joshua (Melissa) Scott, Jeremiah (Marcie) Scott, Matthew (Janelle) Ray, Sarah (Max) Kittle, Caleb Ray, Ashton Ray, Eli Ray, Luke Ray, Courtney Ray, Tonya Wood, Justin Wood and Brandon Wood; great grandchildren, Ava, Lexi, Madison, Logan, Kaylee, Tegan, Liam, Owen, Aubrey, Ella, Kase, Zachary, Noah, Uriah, Coraleigh, Austin, Iyla, Mason, Drew and Kaitlyn.
He was preceded in death by sons, Rob and Mike Ray; siblings, Elizabeth Lawlis, Virginia Naile, Charles “Shorty” Ray, Jim Bob Ray and Willetta Huffman.
The Rev. Ben Greenbaum will conduct a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Trafalgar United Methodist Church, 375 Pleasant Street in Trafalgar. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday 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 and Rob Ray to the American Cancer Society: 5635 West 96th Street Ste. 100 Indianapolis, Indiana 46278
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Ray family at www.meredith-clark.com.
Information: (812) 597-4670
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 10:00 am