William Wayne Ray

WILLIAM (BILL) W. RAY William (Bill) W. Ray, resident of Grandview, MO. Bill passed away April 10, 2018 at the age of 103 years old. He was born in Urich, MO on September 14, 1914 to William Dow and Nina E. Ray. Bill graduated from Urich High School in 1932. He then joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. Bill married his childhood sweetheart, Virginia Bullock in 1938. To this union a daughter Connie Lee was born prematurely on March 4, 1940 and passed away March 25, 1940. Bill and Virginia adopted the second love of their life Susan Marie who now resides in Cordele, GA. Bill was a Navy Veteran of WWII, serving at the Attu Aleutian Campaign. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Bill was a master painter, Local Union 9 of KC, MO. He was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8100 in Grandview; a Legion of Honor member of Masonic Lodge 1618, Grandview; a Shriner at the Ararat Temple; American Legion Post 371, Urich, MO. Bill was a 60+ year member of the Grandview United Methodist Church. And a Master Gardener in his spare time. Survivors include daughter Susan; 3 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother Roger Ray of Texas and JoAnn Leeper, caregiver for 3 plus years. He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 74 years, Virginia; infant daughter, and brothers KD Ray, JD Ray, Robert E. Ray and sister Betty Ann Ray. Visitation and Services will be held Saturday, April 14 at Grandview United Methodist Church, 12613 Grandview Rd., Grandview, MO 64030. Visitation 12-1 pm, Funeral Service at 1:00 pm, immediately followed by Burial in Urich Cemetery, Urich, MO. Memorial contributions are suggested to the United Methodist Women at Grandview United Methodist Church. Condolences for the family may be left at


  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Graveside Saturday, April 14, 2018

William Wayne Ray

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Mindy Beachner

April 13, 2018

I'm going to miss "Mr. Bill" very much. He always put a smile on my face and made me laugh. I loved listening to his stories in which he had many. We all knew that Bill loved to watch his John Wayne movies and I don't think there is one he hadn't seen, I think he had them all. I'm sorry that Bill had to leave us, but he will never be forgotten. Love you always Bill.

Mindy Beachner