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Raymond Delbert Black

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Black, Raymond Delbert
94 of Phoenix, Az, passed away on January 3, 2014. Ray Black passed away peacefully at the Huger Mercy Living Center in Phoenix where he had lived for the past six years. Several members of his family were by his side. Ray loved his family, friends, and life! He filled every minute with time well spent. He sailed, skied, swam, traveled, read, danced, was active in church, and played tennis and golf until well past the age of 80. He was admired for his intelligence, compassion for others, generosity, creative solutions to problems, sense of humor, respect for other cultures, and zest for life. Born and raised in Richland Center, Wisconsin, Ray was a drum major and played clarinet in the high school band, played football and basketball, worked as a lifeguard at the municipal swimming pool and as a "soda jerk" in the local drugstore. During this time he met Barbara Brewer who later became his wife and was the love of his life. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1941 with a degree in economics. After 3 1/2 years of active duty in the Navy Supply Corps in San Diego and the South Pacific, Ray attended and graduated from Yale Law School, Class of 1947. Following law school, he practiced law with the Gray Plant Mooty Law Firm in Minneapolis for five years. However, choosing to explore other horizons, he left the law firm and was one of the founders of the Citizens League in Minneapolis, a non-partisan organization devoted to improving city government in domains such as transportation, health care, schools, water, and parks and recreation. He served as Executive Director of this organization for six years. In 1958, Ray joined a long-time friend, Dick Gray, and became Vice President and eventually President of Zero-Max Industries, a company that manufactures precision motion control components. Ray and Barbara traveled internationally and enjoyed meeting many of the company representatives and their families. He was instrumental in facilitating the formation of a world partnership between Zero-Max Industries and the Miki Pulley Company of Japan. During his career, Ray held leadership positions in the Minneapolis Rotary Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters International (where he had two little brothers for many years), Metropolitan Parks Foundation, Freshwater Biological Institute, Abbott/Northwestern Hospital, Fort Snelling Park Association, Minneapolis area Red Cross, and churches he attended. Ray's unselfish heart and unshakable faith and convictions will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His legacy remains alive in the family he raised, the friends he made, and the communities he served. Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Fowell of Wisconsin and Beth Braden of Indiana. He is also survived by his son, Bill Black of Arizona, and his daughter, Tory (Black) Courtney of California, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 1:00 pm on March 29, 2014 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Huger Mercy Living Center in Phoenix, the Wounded Warrior Project in Scottsdale, or a . Arrangements entrusted by A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W. Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, Az. To offer condolences, please visit www.almoore-grimshaw.com.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 19, 2014
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