William Forest Ray
September 23, 1929 – April 25, 2018
WILLIAM (BILL) RAY William (Bill), retired CMSgt, USAF, passed quietly in his sleep on Wednesday morning, 25 April 2018. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years Deloris (June) Ray, four children David Ray, Britt Ray, Karen Brown, and Naomi Ray. Two sisters Mildred Hurley and Vallaree Minchew. He is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services will be held Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at the New Vision Christian Center, 12400 Grandview Blvd., Grandview, Mo at 1400. Viewing will be prior to the service at 1300. Burial with military honors will be at Belton Cemetery following services. Condolences may be made at www.mcgilleygeorgegrandview.com
- Visitation Tuesday, May 1, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, May 1, 2018
- Commital Service Tuesday, May 1, 2018
William Forest Ray
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May 18, 2018
I was standing in the kitchen at Dad and Mom’s holding a cup of coffee; it was early morning before anyone else was up. This was a typical day anytime we were up at Dad and Mom’s, I would get up and make coffee. As I was holding a cup, standing by the sink, I would look up and see Dad come in, white T-shirt and jeans, usually with some comment about my making so much noise. I often found myself in recent years, as I got up in the mornings, walking the same way I saw Dad walk in those early hours; I’d catch myself with the sudden realization – Hey! This is how Dad walks, and just smile. The greatest honor was to see myself reflecting my Dad. With that, and other mannerism I see in myself reflecting him, he will always be with me and a part of me. I will forever be my own memorial of Dad.
May 18, 2018
Anyway, on that morning we were to lay him to rest, as I was standing there alone in the kitchen, I heard the rain falling on the skylight. It hadn’t rained for a while, but on the day God took Dad home to be with Him, April 25th 2018, it rained. It rained all day and then no more rain until today, the day of the Funeral May 1st 2018.
My thoughts then were that Heaven wept all day when Dad died; and wept again as we were going to lay him to rest, but just briefly because it rained no more that day. The weeping then would be more earthly; from those of us who loved and adored this great man, this hero, this rock.
Understand, Heaven did not weep because Dad passed away. Dad went home to be with Jesus in Glory, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more struggle. Dad was a True Believer and passed from this life to one much more glorious. There was no sadness in Heaven, there was only shouts of praise and glory from my Dad, he joined the Heavenly Choir and could sing on key; and all of Heaven rejoiced when he entered those Heavenly Gates, thunderous rejoicing because God was welcoming one of His Children Home!
No, Heaven did not weep because Dad passed away; Heaven wept for those of us he left behind because we would no longer have his guidance, his wisdom, his strength, his love, and encouragement. Thank you Dad for showing us the true path.
Rest in Peace Chief, I’ll see you in the morning by the bright river side just off of Hallelujah Square; we’ll go fishing.
May 2, 2018
My father was my mentor and the reason why I enlisted in the military. I was proud to follow in his steps and make service to my country a career. The last words he spoke to me was to tell me he was proud of me. I hope to keep making him proud. I miss you Daddy.
April 29, 2018
Mr. Bill Ray served the employees of the 16th Judicial Court for years and always had the supplies needed when ordered. He was a true gentleman and missed very much when he retired from the courts. God Bless!