Ray Clayton Diller was born June 30, 1931 in Peck, Kansas to Elmer and Sarah Diller. He graduated from Piedmont High School, Piedmont, KS with the class of 1949. After graduation, Mr. Diller was employed with the Santa Fe Railroad until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. He served his country proudly during the Korean Conflict, being stationed at San Diego, Mare Island and Camp Pendleton, all in California. He also made two trips to Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1954. After being discharged he signed up for three years in the Marine Corps Reserve and was discharged May 15, 1957.
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He married Evelyn Jean Heasty on October 4, 1953, in Wellington, KS. After being discharged from the Marine Corps, they moved to Bartlesville, OK, where he attended Oklahoma Christian College for two years. After obtaining an Associate Degree at Oklahoma Christian, the family moved to Searcy, AR, where he attended Harding University, graduating with the class of 1958, with a degree in Economics.
Mr. Diller was employed in June of 1958 with Harris, Upham & Co. (now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney). He retired as a Vice President of Sales, after 25 years, due to failing health (Multiple Sclerosis).
He was a faithful member of the Adams Blvd. Church of Christ. He was a Sunday school teacher and an active deacon for several years. He was active in coaching Little League baseball and also basketball. He was one of the founders of the Bartlesville Junior Achievement Organization. He was also active in Jaycees, Toastmasters, and The Bartlesville Club of the Physically Handicapped.
Mr. Diller was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
He was survived by his beautiful, loving wife of 60 years, Evelyn Jean, of the home. He is survived by two daughters, Michelle (John) Tooke of Conway, AR and Lori (Terry) Barrows of Bartlesville, two sons, Mike (Teresa) Diller of Bartlesville, and Steve (Gina) Diller also of Bartlesville. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on July 11 at 2:00 pm at the Adams Blvd. Church of Christ
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from June 29 to July 29, 2014