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Johnny Ray Slay Obituary
Johnny Ray Slay October 17, 1935 - June 14, 2012 Johnny Ray Slay was born to Opal Edith and John Ray Slay in Galena, Missouri, on October 17, 1935. The Slay family migrated from Missouri to New Mexico to avoid the effects of the "Dust Bowl." The family arrived in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where the two oldest brothers, Melvin and Eugene, entered the armed forces during WWII. Johnny's father was run over by a truck and killed. His mother made arrangements with a widowed lady to care for Johnny and his little brother Carlos. His mother then came to Point Richmond, Ca, where she became a welder in the WWII shipyards. The family moved to Bakersfield, CA during 1948-1949, and has claimed it as home ever since. Johnny was a Korean and Vietnam war veteran. Additionally he was a Marine Corps recruiter/Navy-Maine Corps liaison in Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AR from 1958-62. During the period of 1963-64 he was an advisor to the Korean Marine Corps. Upon his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, Johnny worked at Larson's Dairyland, Pepsi Cola as a quality control manager, Halliburton Services, Kern Refinery, and at Valley Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics. He obtained his A.S. in Geology in 1976. He provided security for Pinkerton Services for many years before he decided to retire. Before long he had too much time on his hands and started acting as a crossing guard for school children, including his granddaughter, Barbara Ash. Johnny continued on as a crossing guard for many years until his health would no longer allow him to. Johnny is proceeded in death by his loving wife Anita Louise Slay, his father John Ray Slay, his mother Opal Slay, siblings Lorene Patterson, Elizabeth Mae Slay, Thelma Elizabeth Slay, Melvin Slay, Eugene Slay, Floyd Slay, Carlos Lee Slay, David Chris Jobe, and his daughter Elizabeth S. Lozano. He is survived by one sibling, sister Barbara Ann Jauch, and children Brenda Gail Collard, Rhonda Lynn Slay, Jerald Ray Slay, Warren Eugene Slay, and Nathan David Clark. He was also very proud of his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services for Johnny will be held at Ming Lake on July 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 7, 2012
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