Ray, Ronald Gene 'Ron Ray'

Posted: Mon 12:55 PM, Jun 10, 2013
Funeral Home: Hardy & Son Funeral Home, Bowling Green Chapel
Ronald Gene Ray “Ron Ray,” 82, of Bowling Green, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Magnolia Village.

The Shelbyville, Ill., native was a son of the late Paul and Ruby Moudy Ray. Ron was a Navy Veteran during the Korean War. He bravely served his country with the First Marine Brigade, participated in the Wonsan Landing Naktong push and other engagements. Wounded by enemy fire during the Naktong River battle, he was mistakenly sent back to the front lines a short time later. Ron was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, Ron married Loretta Matheson and together they had six children.

After graduating from college, he moved the family to Brigham City, where he worked for Thiokol as head of transportation for the Wasatch Division. He later worked throughout the country as the editor of Distribution Age magazine, a director of distribution at Hunt-Wesson, a vice-president at McCarty-Holman and then finished his career working at Camping World. He married his sweetheart and devoted companion, Pam Wray, in 1982, and they made their home in Bowling Green for the past 30 years. He was a friend of Bill W and helped a score of people change their lives.

Survivors include his wife Pam Ray; his children, Mark Ray of Honolulu, Hawaii, Richard Ray of Salt Lake City, Utah, Nancy Ray and Joel of Akron, Ohio, Cindy Beeston (Rod) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Doug Ray (Jen) of Polsbo, Wash., and Jack Ray (Karen) of Centerville, Utah.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at 1013 E. 13th Ave., Bowling Green.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Humane Society, P.O. Box 1456, Bowling Green, KY. Arrangements are made by Hardy & Son Funeral Home, Bowling Green Chapel. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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