AYRES, Ray W.
Born June 16, 1928 in San Francisco, was called by the Lord on June 16, 2013, on his 85th birthday, in his home surrounded by his loving family by his side.
Ray lived his younger years in Colfax and went to Placer High School. He loved to fly his crop duster in Woodland, CA.
Ray joined the Navy when he was 17. He was a WW II Veteran. His tour took him to the South Pacific, China Sea and Iwo Jima. The flag on Iwo Jima was from his ship, the LST 779.
After the war, he worked at McClellan Field for 38 years as a supervisor in the Aeronautic Flight Line. Ray belonged to the Polka Dot Motorcycle Riders Club. Ray loved his Mountain Man group and he loved bringing covered wagons down HWY 50. He was an avid horseman who enjoyed Endurance riding with his wife Helen. He also enjoyed the Pony Express reenactment. Ray raced midget cars with his son, was a 4-H leader, belonged to Sacramento Horseman's Assn., Pacific Coast Hunter, Jumper and Stock Horse Assn., Nor Cal Show Horse Assn, Real Estate agent as well as an Elk/Moose. Ray achieved his 32nd degree in the Masons and was a Shriner. Ray also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ray loved road trips with is soul mate and wife Helen and their 3 Golden Retrievers, Max, Kricket and Skipper.
Ray is survived by his loving wife Helen Beffa-Ayres, son Ty and granddaughter Miranda, as well as his other children, Kinly, Michelle, Randy and Karlene. He also had 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Ray, otherwise know as 'Papa' in our family, was a quiet man with a gentle soul. Papa never complained as he courageously battled 2 bouts with cancer. In the end, papa succumbed to the cancer, but it never took away his will, smile, sense of humor and bravery. We will always love you papa and miss you forever, until we see you again in Heaven.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Ray's life will be held on Saturday June 29, 2013 at 2:00pm, at the Foothill Bible Church, 120 Flocchini Circle, (Lincoln Blvd/First Street) Lincoln, Calif. A reception will immediately follow at Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville, CA.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 23, 2013