Oliver Michael Ray Obituary – The Arizona Republic

It is with great sadness that the family of Oliver (Michael) Ray 79, announces that he lost his battle with cancer and passed away on July 31, 2022, with his loving family by his side. Michael was born on November 22, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, and was the child of Eugene Monroe (Charlie) Ray and Lois Burnett Ray. The family moved to the Arkansas Valley in 1946 where his father started the Ray Lumber Company. Michael graduated from Madison One in 1957 and from there he graduated from Central High in 1961, which was then the first four-year class. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1966 where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and there he affectionately acquired the nickname “Hogger”. He proudly served in the Air National Guard for six years. He was married to Teresa Akey Ray in 1969 and they were married for 31 years, separated, but still remained close friends. They are the proud parents of two loving sons, Charles “Charlie” Ray and Christopher “Andy” Ray (deceased). As a family, they had many fond memories of spending time at their cabin in Pinetop, ski trips in Aspen, and vacations on the California coast. He was employed at United Wholesale Distributors, one of the subsidiaries of the Ray Lumber Company, and later became president and sole proprietor. He sold the business in 1987. He later met Karen Martin and together they lived a wonderful life together, traveling and enjoying family vacations in Newport Beach and Pinetop. The Ray family is very grateful for Karen’s loving care of Michael until his very end. Michael was an avid hunter and owned everything but the big horn sheep for the state of Arizona’s Big Ten. He was also an avid golfer in his early years and was always there to support the Thunderbirds and play at their opening golf event. He cherished all the many wonderful friendships he made over the years, on and off the golf course. We will all remember Michael for his beautiful smile, with a kind and generous heart. He was predeceased by his father, Eugene Monroe Ray, his mother Lois Burnett Ray and his son Christopher Andrew Ray. He is survived by his son Charles Michael Ray, his partner Karen Martin, his loving family, his ex. Teresa Ray and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy can be shared at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Posted August 10, 2022

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