Alvin Ray Wagenfuhr
September 27, 1923 – December 31, 2018
Alvin Ray Wagenfuhr passed away in Austin, Texas December 31, 2018. He was born September 27, 1923 at home northwest of Marble Falls, Texas to Herman Albert Wagenfuhr Sr. and Tonie Reimers Wagenfuhr.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife Jane T. Taylor Wagenfuhr, his parents, his brother Herman Albert Wagenfuhr Jr. and his wife Fay and sister Frances Wagenfuhr Thurman and husband Merrell. Ray is survived by Mary Ellen Thurman Denson (Bob), Damon Thurman (Sandy), Gary L. Thurman (Becky), Phillip Wagenfuhr (Christie), Jeanie Wagenfuhr Canady (Joey), Joyce Wagenfuhr Harris, Betty Lou Daise (Gary), Robert Lee Stover, JR., Thomas Franklin Taylor (Sharon), Angela Jane Taylor Rubottom (John), Sherry Jean Taylor Eckhart (Pete), and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Ray graduated from Marble Falls High School in 1942—he was a star football player for the high school. He then served in the 9th Air Force during WW 2 with the 394th Bomber Group 587 Bomber Squadron. Ray flew combat missions as a crew member with this group in a B-26 bomber. After WW 2, Ray attended the University of Texas. He was Credit manager for the Swearingen-Armstrong Ford dealership and then Armstrong-Johnson Ford dealership from 1948 until 1971. He then worked at the State General Land Office as an auditor in the Oil and Gas Division. He retired from the State in 1987.
Ray loved the outdoors. He spent many happy years on his parents’ ranch /farm. He worked in the pasture or fields, fed the hogs, sheep and cows. He helped gather food from the garden and slaughter the farm animals. Jane had a picture of Ray with a squirrel sitting in his lap eating out of his hand. The squirrel would crawl up his leg even when Ray was standing.
Ray and his wife loved to catch catfish on their trotlines, hunt deer in Texas and elk in Colorado. They backpacked into the mountains of Colorado and Idaho on horses and slept in sleeping bags in tents. Ray killed some large deer and elk and the horns still hang on the wall above the fireplace in his home.
Ray was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marble Falls and belonged to the Bunton Sunday School Class which was named after Bro. W. S. Bunton. His wife Jane was a member of the Pastor Class which was named after Bro. Max Copeland. Ray and Jane then joined the Faith Sunday School Class for couples.
The family will receive friends at 11:00 on Tuesday January 8 at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral home in Marble Falls, Texas. Services will then be at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home at 12 noon with interment to follow at the Marble Falls City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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Joyce (Wagenfuhr) Harris
January 3, 2019
My daddy Herman was uncle Ray’s older brother. I remember uncle Ray & aunt Jane would always give my sister Jeanie & me some really nice pajamas every Christmas when we were kids. We didn’t see them very much, just on Sunday or at Thanksgiving or Christmas when they would come out to the farm. They lived in Austin, but every Sunday they came to the First Baptist Church to hear Brother Max Copeland preach his sermon. They were very quiet I thought, but were always nice to us when we did see them. I remember hearing stories from daddy & other family members about how good a football player he was also. Glad you are at peace & with Jane again, love joyce