James Joseph Ray

September 30, 1947September 13, 2021

James Joseph Ray, age 73 of Springboro, Ohio, passed away at Hospice of Dayton. He was born on September 30, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana to parents Joseph and Dorothy (nee Dean) Ray.

Mr. Ray served proudly in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 1999 after over 26 years of service. He took part in the following key assignments all over the world: F-16 System Manager, Ogden Air Logistics Center in Utah; Logistics Group Commander, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Staff Officer, Air Force Material Command, WPAFB, Ohio; Maintenance Squadron Commander, Misawa AB, Japan; Maintenance Squadron Commander, Okinawa AB, Japan; Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Okinawa, Japan and Cannon AFB, New Mexico; Weapons Officer (F-11): Cannon AFB; RAF Upper Heyford, UK; Nellis AFB, Nevada; and Korat AB, Thailand; and Navigator,(C-141), Charleston, S.C. Mr. Ray also received a Masters Degree in Management from Troy State University.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

James is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Donna Marie Ray, whom he married on May, 27 1967 in Eight Mile, Alabama; sons, Patrick (Dominique) Ray and Jeff (Jennifer) Ray; grandchildren, James, Madeline, Lucas, Sidney, and William Ray.

Services are pending at this time.

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Dale Geisel

September 17, 2021

Anna, Andrew, and I would like to join with your friends and relatives in expressing our condolences upon the death of your father. After reading his obituary I realize that our country owes him a debt of gratitude for his long and successful service in various capacities.
But this is only part of his legacy. Greatest of all must be his children and grandchildren.
Your family is one of the finest to be found and I think no man or woman could ask for a finer legacy. As your children grow, I hope they will continue to honor the memory of Grandpa.

With deepest sorrow,

Dale Geisel family