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Ralph Eugene "Gene" Ray

Ralph Eugene "Gene" RayRalph Eugene "Gene" Ray, age 74, of Cumberland, OH, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at the Morrison House in Zanesville, OH.

Born Nov. 23, 1936, in Carrollton, he was a son of the late William Archie and Leona Ruth Blazer Ray.

He was a 1954 graduate of Carrollton High School, and served his country in the U. S. Air Force, where he learned his trade in electronics. Following his service, he employed as a supervisor for RCA in Cambridge for 10 years until its closure, and then was employed by NCR in Cambridge for 27 years until his retirement. He was a member of Noble County Farm Bureau and Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. He was recently awarded an Ohio Environmental Stewardship Award for his hard work and dedication to conserving his farmland. Gene adored his family and was extremely proud of all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who were all the joy of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Carole Rayner Ray, whom he married in 1969; two daughters, Susan (Bret) Leonard of Cumberland and Regina (Ronald) Hewitt of New Smyrna Beach, FL; three sons, Ralph (Hallie) Ray of Old Washington, Michael (Diane) Ray of Senecaville, and Shawn (Kim) Ray of Cumberland; five sisters, Mary Eileen Walters, Ruth Ann Tinlin, Helen Louise Rutledge, Norma Lou Rutledge, and Lois Jane Kirby; three brothers, Dale Arthur Ray, James Carl Ray, and Raymond Keith Ray; his former wife, Helga Nordmann Ray; nine grandchildren, Dana Ray, Michael Ray, Tanya Ray, Anthony Pitt, Amanda Pitt, Duell Leonard, Etta Ray, William Ray, and Hannah Ray; and five great-grandchildren, Levi Ray, Aubrianna Kennedy, Michael Ray, Emma Sayre, and Corey Walsh.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Ronald Thomas Ray; one sister, Doris Hineman; and three brothers, Robert Ray, Richard Ray, and Harold Ray.

Friends may call Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will be observed Thursday, Aug. 25th at 11a.m. with Pastor Jimmy Rogers officiating, and a veterans service will be conducted by Noble County Veteran Service Organizations. Inurnment will be at Halley's Ridge Cemetery in Ava at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland EMS Squad, 444 West Main St., Cumberland, OH, 43732, or to Ava United Methodist Church, 50636 SR 821, Ava, OH, 43711. An online guestbook may be signed at www.mcvay-perkins.com


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