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Marvin J. Ray January 1, 1924 ~ January 24, 2010 Resident of Concord Marvin was born January 1, 1924, in LeGrand, CA, to Frank Edward Ray, Sr. and Marie Belle (King) Ray. He attended Dairyland Grammar School and graduated from Chowchilla Union High School in June, 1941, both in Chowchilla, CA. He went on to graduate both, from Central California Commercial College in Fresno, CA and Golden Gate College in San Francisco, CA. He started his career with the Santa Fe Railway in San Francisco, CA, on September 14, 1942. He was drafted into the US Navy in April, 1943, serving 38 months and being honorably discharged as a Yeoman Second Class in May, 1946. Marvin resumed his career with the Santa Fe Railway in San Francisco, and a series of promotions took him to Portland, Oakland, San Jose, back to Oakland, and retiring from the San Francisco office as District Sales Manager on August 15, 1985 with 43 years of service to his company. Marvin relished, and was deeply proud, of his many professional, civic and fraternal affiliations. He felt privileged to be elected President Oakland Traffic Club 1970; as well as President SF Bay Area Chapter National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) 1972-1973; Director Richmond Chamber of Commerce; Director Contra Costa Development Association; Emeryville Industries Association and Council of Richmond Industries. He was also a member of the Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Pittsburg, and Antioch Chambers of Commerce; Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity; American Society of Traffic and Transportation; Oakland Trade Club; Berkeley Trade Club; Oakland Museum Association and Richmond Lodge #1251 B.P.O.E. His longest associations, and greatest passions, were with the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club, Oakland, where every Thursday would find Marvin, present for duty, at 0530, handing-out member badges and being a benevolent greeter to arriving members. Marvin was also a proud and hard-working member of Oakland Rotary #3 where he amassed 44 years of perfect attendance. In the early 1980's, his fellow members bestowed upon him the Paul Harris Fellowship. In 2009 he was further honored by the club; bestowing upon him at a luncheon meeting, a lifetime membership in Rotary - a rare and precious award that meant the world to him. Marvin was married to the former Rose Marie Ruo of Boston, MA. They met at a dance at the Aragon Ballroom while Marvin was on a business trip for the Santa Fe. They were married on November 20, 1949, at old St. Mary's Church in San Francisco. In her later years, Rose suffered the indignities of Alzheimer's, yet, Marvin visited her, every day without fail. On November 20, 1999, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while his dear, sweet Rose, was being cared for at Guardian of Concord. Marvin was preceded in death by Rose on January 13, 2003, and by his eldest son, Stephen Dale, who courageously and valiantly lived with Thalessemia Major until his death, on February 10, 1984. Also preceding him were his parents, and brothers Kenneth, Clifton, and Marion Ray. Surviving siblings include: Irene Pacheco; Herrlyn DeMoura; Frank Edward Ray, Jr. (Odessa) and Esther (Lloyd) Danieli, all of Chowchilla. Complications from diabetes II and respiratory arrest, led to his death; nearly splitting the difference, between the calendar days between Rose and Stephen's deaths. Marvin is survived by: daughter Linda Gail Ray of Concord, CA; son Kenneth Ray and wife Kathleen (Flynn) Ray of Richmond, CA; grandchildren: Maureen Rose Ray of El Cerrito, CA and Alexander Louis Ray of Hillsboro, OR. Donations in Marvin's honor, can be made to: Oakland Rotary Endowment, 1736 Franklin Street, Ste 200, Oakland, CA 94612 or Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. Graveside services will be held at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, CA on Monday, February 1, 2010, at 11:30am. Family requests no flowers. "Casual attire is recommended. Hawaiian shirts are encouraged."

Published in Inside Bay Area from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2010
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