Louis Ray Liles

May 3, 1938October 14, 2020

Louis “Ray” Liles was born on May 3rd, 1938 to Walter and Doris (Toller) Liles in Stout, Ohio. He was a resident of Beavercreek most of his life. After spending 9 days in Miami Valley Hospital cardiac ICU, Ray passed away on October 14th at the age of 82. He was baptized in the Church of Christ. Ray found great pleasure in family functions, his children, and grandchildren. He loved his little dog Junie. He also enjoyed traveling and watching sports. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1956, then worked at NCR in supervision for 22 years. He retired from General Motors after working 14 years as a Supervisor. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and a beloved grandson, Jason. Those left to mourn his loss are his devoted wife, Wilma (Combs) the love of his life for 62 years. 3 sons, Dean, Kerry (Rachel), and Jeff (Vicki); 8 grandchildren, Douglas (Amy), Nikki Staley (Marvin), Robert Brewer, Joseph (Ashley), Dylan (Samantha), Jessica Thomas (Anthony), Justin, Joshua and Jennifer; 8 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers Steve (Joyce) and Monty (Shelly), and many other loving relatives and friends. Services will be held Thursday, October 22nd at Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road. Visitation 11am to 12pm with funeral services immediately following. Interment will be at Mount Zion Park Cemetery, 27 South Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio. Chuck Forsythe, minister of Xenia Church of Christ will be officiating the services. Flowers may be sent to Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation with Social Distancing and Masks

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service - With Social Distancing and Masks

    Thursday, October 22, 2020


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Jessica Thomas (Liles)

October 21, 2020

My heart is broken over the sudden loss of Papaw. He was such a strong and hardworking family man. Always quick with a joke and to offer a helping hand. So many memories I hold dear in my heart. From when I was little I remember staying at my Grandparent’s house and in the mornings sitting in his lap while he read the paper & drank his morning coffee, playing in the snow while he shoveled the driveway, and singing “take me out to the ball game” with his Cockatiel Sammy. To more recent years dancing with me at my wedding and seeing his great grandson Daniel Ray in the hospital for the first time. I cherish the memories of all the Thanksgivings, Christmas’, piano recitals, and graduations he was always apart of. A few weeks back he brought me lightbulbs for our new house. A simple gesture yet so thoughtful, kind and practical. I remember saying I love you and we’ll see you soon.
Thank you for always being apart of the moments in life that matter most. I am so proud and honored to have been able to call you Papaw for the last 28 years. You will forever be loved and remembered and you will always be missed. Rest easy Papaw.

Joseph Liles

October 21, 2020

My grandpa Ray aka “Papaw” was one of the smartest, hardest working men I knew. I asked him one day why he would not just retire and enjoy the rest of his life not having to work. He answered, “Work keeps me moving. It keeps me young.” That it did. My grandpa was tough as nails. He loved to watch home improvement shows and DIY all his home projects. He was a great role model, which I considered him as “The Man Amongst Men”. The day I heard his passing hit me hard. I feel like I did not get to say my proper goodbye. Then I thought it is not goodbye, more like I will see you again. May you rest in heaven grandpa. Love you.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Molly Liles

October 21, 2020

Our family will definitely have a void without Uncle Ray. I will always remember his quiet presence and the sense of humor he brought to family gatherings. I will always cherish the story of when I was born. My dad called Uncle Ray from the hospital and told him that I was born and was named Molly. Not thinking that girls could be born into the Liles side of the family, Uncle Ray hung up the phone after he got the information. Later, once it had fully registered that I was a girl, he called back in shock. I'm so proud I got to be his only niece on the Liles side of the family :) I appreciated when he called me last time I was in town just to talk. It was so great to see him later on that week at a family gathering at my parents' house. Uncle Ray was a hardworking and patient man. May he rest in peace. Until we meet again....Love you! <3 Molly (& Mike)

Cindy Pryor

October 20, 2020

To the Liles families,
I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of Ray comfort you during this difficult time.

Jeff Liles

October 17, 2020

My dad was a hardworking man. A man I tried to model myself after but found his old school drive and dedication hard to match. He taught me so many useful things during his life. Like how to talk with men and women, to take turns, consider the viewpoint of others, give people a second chance, things that make this world a better place. He showed me how replace brake pads, change my oil, put a worm on a hook and shoot a gun. He taught me, the use of alcohol, tobacco and swearing all have their time and place but shouldn’t be a way of life. I consider myself fortunate to have been raised by such a skilled and sincere man. My dad is at rest now and though it’s the natural order of things, it is so very difficult to accept his passing. I love and miss him very much.

Jan Liles

October 17, 2020

I was married to Granville T. Liles and visited Rays parents while we lived in Dayton. I am not sure I visited Ray but maybe one time we came to the gathering of the Liles reunion. My thoughts are with Rays family as the loss is difficult time. Remember the memories as always you can keep. Talmadge Liles died in 2004 then 82 yrs and know he would know of Ray over the years.
Jan Liles, live in Florida since we came in 1990.

Ava Liles

October 17, 2020