James Clifford Ray, 80, of Bunker Hill, IL died Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm at VIP Manor in Wood River, IL under the care of Heartland Hospice. He was born on March 16, 1932 in Hardin, IL to John L. Ray and Margaret H.(Bull) Ray.
He married Elizabeth “Liz” A. (Cornelison) Ray on March 27, 1954 in Bunker Hill, IL and was occupied as a rural mail carrier, school bus driver, and worked for Freightliner. James was a veteran of the US Air Force.
In addition, he was a member of the American Legion of Bunker Hill, IL and a lifetime member of Dairy Goat Association. James enjoyed playing the harmonica. His grandchildren called him PaPa Boy.
He leaves behind his spouse: Elizabeth “Liz” Ray of Bunker Hill, IL, daughters: Helen (Fred) Schleyhahn of Bunker Hill, IL, Melissa Ray of Edwardsville, IL, Lisa (Jim) Abernathy of Bunker Hill, IL, brothers: John (Thelma) Ray of East Alton, IL, Donald Ray of Bunker Hill, IL, Wayne Ray of Bunker Hill, IL, Gary (Sharron) Ray of Wood River, IL, Ronnie (Lonna) Ray of Fort Meyers, FL, sisters: June (Bob) Hurley of Bunker Hill, IL, Billie (Leonard) Mullink of Bunker Hill, IL, grandchildren: Rebecca Mansholt of Roxana, IL, Rachel Bull of Glen Carbon, IL, James Schleyhahn of Bunker Hill, IL, Whithey Schleyhahn of Bunker Hill, IL, great-grandchildren: Madelyn Bull, Ethan Bull, and many nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Lela Welch.
Visitation is on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 9:00 am until 11 am. Memorial Service will take place directly after the visitation at 11am. Burial will follow at Bunker Hill Cemetery in Bunker Hill, IL. Fr. George Radosevich will be ministering the services. Memorials can be made to Heartland Hospice, Parkinson’s Foundation, or Motions Disorders Clinic at Washington University.
Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com
Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the arrangements.