John "Jack" Ray
CHATHAM, IL - John "Jack" Ray, 84, died at 11:51 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at his residence.
Jack was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Springfield, the son of Thomas and Mabel Kress Ray. He married Rosalena Bax on Feb. 6, 1952 in St. Louis, Mo.
Jack graduated from Cathedral Boys High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He also had the honor of participating in an honor flight to Washington, D.C. He worked for Pete and Charlie Salvo at The Platter before establishing his own business, Service Center One. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Chatham, where he served at many funeral services, the Chatham American Legion Post 759, a life member and Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 364, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Bishop Griffin Assembly, and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Jack was a loyal fan of the Sacred Heart Griffin Football team and attended almost every home game.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Thomas and Paul Ray; and six sisters: Marjorie Shimkus, Virginia Hostick, Janet Cicerelli, Mary Margaret Brocco, Camille Isringhausen and Patricia Dixon.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalena "Rosie" Ray of Chatham; two sons, Robert Ray of Springfield and John Martin and Deborah Ray of Chatham; daughter, Karen Ray of Springfield; two grandchildren, Mindy and Morgan Ray; siblings, Richard Ray and Jean (husband, George) Pape, both of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m., Monday Nov. 25, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 4 p.m. 4th Degree Honor Guard will be posted.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 700 E. Spruce St., Chatham, IL with Rev. Dennis Kollross, celebrant. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
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