BOONVILLE, Ind. — Ray McIntyre, 61, of Boonville, died unexpectedly April 2, 2009, at Vanderbilt Hospital.
He was born September 26, 1947, in Evansville, IN, to Ike and Sophia McIntyre. He graduated from Boonville High School and attended Lane Technical Institute. He was the owner of Chandler Auto Parts for 35 years and known for strong business ethics, generosity, and respect he gave to everyone.
Ray is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lynnette Keil McIntyre; two sons, Patrick (Heather) of Chrisney, and Bryan (Mandy) of Washington; and a daughter, Brynn (Jason) Osborn of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Kyrah, Makaylah, and Ryan "Bob" McIntyre, Noah Raymond McIntyre, and Miles Fletcher Osborn. He was a great husband and father, "Pop" to his grandchildren; he will be greatly missed, but his influence in their lives will endure. Ray was a Christian and now lives as he died, a Christian.
Ray is survived by his loving mother, Sophia Moseley McIntyre of Boonville; his sisters, Patricia (Donald) Brooks of Newburgh and Dorothy L. McKendree of Tomball, TX.
He was deeply admired by his several nieces and nephews, Rebecca Benigni and Brent Brooks, and Jon, Amanda, and Carrie McKendree.
Ray was re-elected to the Warrick County Council and began his fourth term in January 2009, serving as vice president. He was active in Warrick County and had served on many boards, Council on Aging, REDAC, EDAC, Warrick County Personnel Committee, and other service organizations. He generously supported many county fundraisers and functions. He was a well-respected community leader known for his fairness.
One day Ray, speaking to his sister, Pat Brooks, said, "Someone ought to do something and make a difference." Pat replied, "Well then you run for office," and he did. Ray has consistently won re-elections by being a top vote receiver. He was not a politician, but a true statesman and servant of the people.
Ray was well-known for restoring vintage cars from the 60s, winning many trophies. Ray was often in area parades, driving his restored red and gray 1955 Ford tractor pulling a float he helped engineer and build in his garage.
Visitation and an Elks Memorial service was Sunday at Koehler Funeral Home in Boonville. Additional visitation will be today at Main Street Baptist Church in Boonville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral is at 2 p.m. today and will be officiated by the Rev. Gene Koker. Following the burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, a fellowship memorial celebration of Ray's life will be at the church's fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Raymond Fletcher McIntyre Scholarship or Otter Creek General Baptist Church.
Condolences and any special remembrance may be made online at www.koehlerfuneralhome.com.