Palm Memorial - Worden Chapel

140 South 6th Street, Chowchilla, CA


Roma Ray Jr.

March 11, 1929January 23, 2020

Ray enlisted in the United States Navy, March 30, 1948 – February 8, 1950 and served on the USS Dixie as a Fireman Apprentice. During this time we know he received the Naval Occupational Medal and the China Service Medal. Ray, re-enlisted in the Navy, January 12, 1951 – December 1, 1954 and served as a Fireman on the USS Yorktown during the Korean War. During his tour on the USS Yorktown, Ray boxed and at one time was named the Golden Glove Boxing Champion. During this time we know he received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Medal. Ray was predeceased by his father, Roma Ray, and mother, Gratie Ray, 4 brothers and 1 sister, Otho Ray, Theo Ray, Quentin Ray, Chester Ray, and Pam Blackburn. Ray is survived by 1 brother and sister-in-law Carl Eugene Ray and Paulette of Oregon. Son, Donald Ray, daughter and son-in-law Cynthia Ray Sloan and Kenny of Riverside, CA. 4 grandchildren, Kenneth (KJ) Sloan, Stephanie Sloan, Daniel Ray, and Devon Ray, and 5 great grandchildren, Samantha, Alyssa, Ashlyn, Michael, and Cayden also from Riverside, CA. Ray had many nieces and nephews. His family is a big one, the branches may go wide but the roots hold them together and the love that holds the bind. Ray has always been a man who loved his family and friends and enjoyed living his life to the fullest. He loved to play cards, and dancing every chance he got. Pallbearers will be: Eugene Ray, Donald Ray, Archie Hughes, Fred Meddings, Paul Cornejo, and Marshall Padilla


  • Donald Ray
  • Eugene Ray
  • Archie Hughes
  • Fred Meddings
  • Paul Cornejo
  • Marshall Padilla


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 30, 2020


Roma Ray Jr.

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Judy Holderfield

January 29, 2020

I will always remember your 90th Birthday Party. It was a honor to come and cook homemade pasta fazool for that beautiful day of your celebration. Watching you from the community kitchen dancing with your friends and your great granddaughter with that big smile on your face was priceless. Prayers and love uncle! Until we meet again. Love you!😘❤🙏❤🙏

Ken Sloan

January 29, 2020

May you rest in peace .Thanks for all the great memories in my life . You were a great father in-law. You're loved and missed. Ken

Kevin Honeycutt

January 27, 2020

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is a Keepsake from which I'll never part.

Kenneth Sloan

January 27, 2020

Hi grandpa just wanted to say hi and let you know how much I miss you and love you so much also I hope you’re doing good up where you are at. I cannot believe that you are no longer here. I was hopping to make bet with you in Sunday game as you’re sf 49ers are playing my Kansas City Chiefs Well I will see you again at a later time ok bye love you

Debra Honeycutt

January 26, 2020

Ray was one of a kind. When Ray met our sweet loving Mother (Helen) her big family quickly investigated to see if he was a good guy. Ray was welcomed into our family with open arms. Our Mother (Helen) loved him as much as he loved her. Our memories of laughter, joy and happiness will last a lifetime. Rest in peace Ray. Gone but never forgotten.
(PS: Please DO NOT pull his finger!!!lol.)

Bonita Holderfield McGinnis

January 25, 2020

Sorry I can’t be there Cuz! But I am sending lots of love and prayers!

Cheryl Hendershot

January 24, 2020

To my family, please know I would be there if I could, but I will be there in spirit. All of my love to all of you. Love, Cheryl