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RAY RUSSELL Ray Russell was born in McAllen, Texas, on July 17, 1929, to Elbert "Jake" Russell, Sr. and Gwendolyn "Babs" Russell. He graduated from McAllen High School in 1946. Following graduation, he went to Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri, for two years. He then attended the University of Texas in Austin. During the Korean War, he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. Following his discharge from the Air Force, he returned to the Valley where he farmed with his dad and worked in various agriculture businesses. He finally retired in 1994 from Elf Atochem, a post-harvest chemical company. Ray was active in St. John's Episcopal Church in McAllen serving as Senior Warden for two years at a critical time in that church, as well as being a Lay Reader and a Lay Eucharistic Minister. In New Braunfels, he served St. John's as head usher, and he served in various ministries for the Diocese of West Texas in San Antonio. He loved the Valley and had a deep understanding of the history, potential and challenges of the area. Ray had a keen wit and sense of humor and loved to tease. He was ever an optimist, and shared that sense of optimism with many. Ray is survived by his wife Cindy, his two daughters Suzy (Scott) Wallace and Rosalee (Gary) Moberly, and his two stepsons, Scott (Jessica) Davis and Patrick (Melissa) Davis. In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren Samuel Wallace, Sarah (Peter) Gaitens, Ayden Moberly, Ethan Moberly, Charity Davis, Amanda Davis, Caitlin Davis, Kaylee Davis, Brayden Davis and Keira Davis. He is also survived by his sister Gwen (Bob) White, and his brother-in-law, John (Deanna) Horn. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 Guenther Avenue, in New Braunfels on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:30 am. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the scholarship fund for Camp Capers, Diocese of West Texas, P.O. Box 6885, San Antonio, TX 78209, or a charity of your own. Arrangements under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Feb. 17, 2013
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