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Mr. Billy Ray Smith

31 janvier 193118 septembre 2020

Billy Ray Smith of Columbia, Missouri, formerly of Midland, Michigan, passed away on September 17th after a brief illness at the age of 89. He was born on January 31, 1931 in Purdin, Missouri to Roy and Ida Smith. He was the youngest of 8 children and was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings, their spouses and some of his nieces and nephews. Ray is survived by his wife Jane (Rutter), son Michael (Lisa) Smith, son Jeffrey (Sherolyn) Smith and daughter Pamela (Todd) Smith Bellaver as well as 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Always going by his middle name, Ray graduated from Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Missouri and attended Missouri Valley College on a full Chemistry Scholarship, of which he was immensely proud. When he finished his Bachelor’s degree at Missouri Valley, he attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where he pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science degree in Agricultural Chemistry. While at the University of Missouri, Ray met the love of his life on a blind date, Jane Rutter (Smith). They married in 1954 and shortly after, he was drafted and left to serve the U.S. Army in the Korean War. When he returned, he completed his Master’s degree at the University of Missouri and Ray and Jane then moved to West Lafayette, Indiana where he completed a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry at Purdue University. Yes, he loved school. Upon completion at Purdue, Ray accepted a position as a research Chemist at Dow Chemical Company so he and Jane and their infant son Mike (Smith) packed up and moved to Midland, Michigan where he worked for 44 years and they raised all 3 of their children adding Jeff (Smith) and Pam (Smith) Bellaver within the first 5 years after moving to Midland. When he retired from Dow, he and Jane enjoyed many years of retirement, traveling sometimes with their camper and eventually without, playing cards, bike rides, hikes in State and National Parks, involvement in local organizations and clubs, volunteering, gardening, working in the yard, visiting with friends and family, and time with their 10 grandchildren. Ray will be remembered at a memorial service at Memorial Funeral Home on Sunday, September 27th at 2:00 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions the service will be attended by family and invited guests only. In lieu of flowers, Ray asked that donations can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.

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  • Private Memorial Service

    dimanche, 27 septembre , 2020

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Dennis Stinson

24 septembre , 2020

Jane & Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. The last time we saw Ray and you was at one of the Smith's reunions. Cherish the memories as I am sure you have many.

Betty Stinson and Family

Barbara Hodges Stuart

24 septembre , 2020

Dear Jane and family
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ray. It's been years since I have seen you but I remember you well from church.
I hope you and your family are all well and enjoying children and grand children. This covid 19 makes it difficult to be with loved ones and to carry on our usual activities. Everything seems to be on line with zoom or in parks at a distance. Hopefully we can stay inside the guidelines and get this pandemic under control.
These are difficult days for you and your family but may blessings and peace comfort you.

lynn & ken copp

21 septembre , 2020

A great friend with whom we share many memories: bridge, travel, meals, family events, church events, and community events. Good times together during our many years living in Midland. Our sharing continued as we moved East and Smiths moved West. Never did we get to share a houseboat trip.
Our love and prayers to Jane, Mike, Jeff, Pam & all their families.
The Lord is with Ray and all of you during these challenges.

Larry Crook

21 septembre , 2020

To Jane and her children: Sad to hear of Ray's death. Always had respect for Ray. He was a quiet man but one of great character. He now enjoys his heavenly home. Hope everything else with the family is doing well. We miss people like the Smith's.

Larry Crook

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