Spc. Joseph William Ray

April 1, 1977March 2, 2013
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Joseph William Ray, a resident of Eugene, died on March 2, 2013 in Eugene. He was 35 years of age.

Joseph was born on April 1, 1977 in Klamath Falls, Oregon and was the son of Joseph and Merry (Deasy) Ray. He moved with his family to Cottage Grove. He graduated from Creswell High School where he played on the Football team.

In December of 1999, he enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard. He served with the 1-186 Infantry in Klamath Falls. With this unit, as a one year tour, he deployed to Egypt for Operation Southern Watch ending 2003. He then transferred to a State National Guard Forward support unit and served in Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom for over a year. Joe rejoined his Infantry brothers and served on the Task Force Oregon in September 2005 to conduct security and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He later transferred to A 1-162 Infantry in Eugene, Oregon. He deployed to Iraq in May 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received his honorable discharge in January 2013 at the rank of Specialist.

Joe also worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 5 years as a System Ballast Regulator.

He was very talented and had many hobbies. He was a qualified Scuba Rescue Diver and was a loving playful daddy. He enjoyed photography and played the trumpet and harmonica. He loved people and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. He also loved his family. Of everything that he enjoyed and accomplished in his life, Joe had a great love and dedication to the military and his fellow comrades. He loved being a soldier and was proud to wear the uniform. He was a true patriot and protector of our great country.

Joe is survived by his mother, Merry Deasy of Malin Or, his daughter, Angelina Ray of Junction City Or, fiancé, Stephanie Rose and her son Gabriel of Eugene Or, sisters, Kelly Eastman of Madras Or, Mindy Bench of Cottage Grove Or, Ramona Treat of Salem, Or and uncles Mike Deasy of Port Arthur Tx and James Ray of Wenatchee Wa, along with numerous nieces and nephews that were very special to him. He is also survived by his many friends who will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm at Elks Lodge 1904. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm at Willamette National Cemetery. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements..


  • A Celebration of Joseph's life Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Henryk Zaleski

March 30, 2014

Words can't express how fate works and very often turns things on its head. You deserved a great life on earth instead God took you to Himself and gave you eternity of joy. Rest in peace.

Ron Odegaard

April 9, 2013

I remember Joey as a kid when he moved to Klamath falls Joey and his whole family was my next door neighbor. It's sad to hear of these situations. God bless you Joey


March 25, 2013

Had some fun times, sir.

Mindy Bench

March 14, 2013

lighting a candle for you tonight, I love you bro missing you, lots of great memories. It was so nice to spend the last visit with you having a good time @ el Tapatio we had a valentines dinner and Mom and Jonny got all of us girls a rose and you gave me a big hug, I will really miss my BIG Joe hugs!!! I have been getting lots of hugs from Tom & Jonny, they miss you a lot too. I was hoping to spend some more time with you and the family. You accomplished a lot in a little amount of time in life,plus working for the railroad and as a fine soldier in the military, a true hero. Joe you were always a kind and compassionate person who did so much for others. I am so honored to be your Sister. It is truly a sad and difficult time for all of us.

Felicia Eastman

March 13, 2013

We will miss you Uncle Joe. RIP we will all be home with you some day! Love Angeleah and Bubba(Baby David)

Kelly Eastman

March 13, 2013

"Little Brother we all met with you and shared how special you are. I will miss you bunchies" I am so proud to be your big sister. Love You.

Mona Treat

March 12, 2013

I love you Joe, I will miss you. I will keep you close in my heart forever.

Mona Treat

March 12, 2013

I miss you, my little brother. You laughed, loved and lived as happily as possible. You will be forever in my heart.

Henryk Zaleski

March 12, 2013

Rest in peace Joseph.

Judy Ray

March 11, 2013

The one and only step-son with the grace of God and the love for all mankind. I have always been proud to have been called Mom by him. I wll carry him, in my heart until we meet again. We who love you and know you will miss that contagious Smiles, and you.