Dennis Michael Ray

November 22, 1944October 4, 2019

Denny passed away on October 4, 2019 after a short battle of (Mesothelioma) lung cancer. He was born on November 22, 1944 to Wayne E. and Velma L. (Davis) Ray in Sioux City, Iowa. he graduated from East High School in 1964 and married his high school sweetheart, Judith A. Kempton on March 12, 1965.

He worked as a heavy equipment diesel Mechanic for 43 years for various Caterpillar companies throughout the U.S. This adventure allowed him, besides Iowa, to work in Nebraska, Colorado, Alaska, and finally Arizona. Denny and his family were so fortunate to meet their lifelong friendships during these years.

During his retirement years, he worked part time at Lanstar, LLC for his son, Joel and daughter-in-law July. He enjoyed helping his cousin Tom Ray at his farm during spring and fall in South Dakota. Denny was a member of Dreamland Villa Sherriff Posse for 3 years. He was also a member at Mesa buckhorn #2656 Elks Club.

He loved camping and fishing. He also enjoyed watching his granddaughters Rachel and Hannah during their swimming meets.

Denny is survived by his wife Judith, daughter Julie Roberts (Billy), son Joel Ray (July), and son Seargent First Class Dwayne Ray (bridget), granddaughters, Rachel, Hannah, Caitlin LeeAnn, Haley, and Lauryn Pelzel, Megan Roberts, great grandson Ronin Roberts, his sister Judy Chesley (Donald), nephew Gary Chelsey (Susan) and niece Nancy Chesley (Jed). He is also survived by three sister-in-laws, a brother-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his baby daughter, Janie Lynn, mother and father and grandparents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00am.


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