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William H. Ray

Obituary for William H. Ray

January 27, 1925 - November 4, 2017
McHenry, Illinois | Age 92

Loving Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Brother


William H. Ray, age 92, of McHenry passed away peacefully on November 4, 2017 at Alden Terrace in McHenry. He was born on January 27, 1925 in Gleason Tennessee, the son of William O. and Lela V. (Reid) Ray. He married the love of his life Doris Wheat on December 19, 1953 in Chicago.
William was a veteran, proudly serving in the US Marines during WWII. He was a member of First Baptist Church in McHenry and a 33 year retiree from Continental Can Company. William enjoyed volunteering at Fox Point and taking part in their daily activities, he was also an avid Bingo player. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed.
William is survived by his children Sandra (Norm) Lewis and Linda (Steve) Mayer, grandchildren; Scott (Stephanie) Lewis, Keri Benton, Katherine (Matthew) Simkulet, Matthew (Julie) Mayer and Jeff Mayer, great-grandchildren; Adam, Anna, Zachary, Eleanor, Charlotte, Jacob, Thaddeus, Violet, Isaac, Greyson, Amelia, Winston and Benjamin, his brother and sisters Jerry Ray, Ruby Nell Hall and Sarah Marcukaitis.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Doris: his 7 brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home and Crematory 591 Ridgeview Dr. McHenry IL. The visitation will continue Friday at the funeral home from 10am to 11am with a funeral service at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in McHenry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in William's name may be directed to American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago IL 60674.

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McHenry, IL 60050
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