DALLAS, Texas - Services for Ray Howdeshell will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Waldo Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Mark Berrier officiating. Interment will follow at West Hill Cemetery next to his mother and two brothers. Military rites will be conducted by Sheppard AF Base Honor Guard at the cemetery.|
The family will have a visitation one hour before service time on Saturday at the funeral home.
Ray was born on December 12th, 1933 in Sherman, Texas to Leo and Anne (Hatfield) Howdeshell and died at his home on March 25th, 2014 at the age of 80. Ray grew up and graduated from Sherman High School. After high school, he attended Texas A&M College and being an Aggie was one of the things he treasured most. While at Texas A&M in College Station, TX, Ray was a member of the Corps of Cadets and he also served as a Ross volunteer. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1956. He was an endowed A&M Century Club Member.
After graduating he started working for Magnolia Oil Company as an engineer in the oil fields of West Texas. In 1957 he was called to duty as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and trained as a pilot. When he completed his military duty he returned to his engineering career and worked for various companies including the Magnolia Company (Mobil Oil Company), Vickers, Koch, and Tonkawa Gas Processing Company. He completed his career as Executive Vice President of the Tonkawa Gas Corporation and retired as Vice President of Marketing with Texas Oil and Gas Corporation in Dallas, TX.
His professional accomplishments were as a registered professional engineer in Texas and he served on the board of directors of the Gas Processors Association.
Among his hobbies, Ray was an avid bicyclist, starting to ride at age 50 and passing 100,000 miles after only 12 years of cycling. He had a fond appreciation for beautiful piano music and enjoyed sharing his recordings with his visitors. While living in Corpus Christi, TX, Ray loved sailing and won several trophies while racing his Snipe in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ray was preceded in death by his mother Anne Katheryn Howdeshell, son Harold Lee Howdeshell, brothers Paul Howdeshell and Leo (Hatfield) Howdeshell, and sisters Anna Guffee, Joyce Colley and Leona Munion. He is survived by his sisters Nina Wood of Garland, TX and Jacqueline Pointer of Sherman, TX, his son Paul Howdeshell and wife Susan and daughters Sarah and Emily from Lewisville, TX, his daughter Amy Johnson and husband Rod and daughter Allie from Lucas, TX and son David Howdeshell and wife Stacy and children Tyler and Jacob of Missouri City, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Central (First) Christian Church, 401 S. Travis St. Sherman, TX 75090.
An online register may be signed at www.waldofuneralhome.com.
Services are under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, TX.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2014