Jackie William Wray (1936 - 2016)

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Jackie "Jack" William Wray passed away on October 2, 2016 in Helena, Montana.

Jack was born in Depew, Oklahoma to James Woodrow and Opal Myrtle (Fincher) Wray on July 3, 1936. As an infant, his family moved to Shafter, California where he attended school. After high school, he served in the United States Army for 3 years, half of which was served in Baumholder, Germany. In 1956, he married his first wife Donna Michael and together they had 4 children.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, he worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Kern County Sheriff's Department. During this time, he attended Bakersfield College and received an associate's degree in criminal justice. During his career, he also taught classes in criminal justice at Bakersfield College. He retired as an Investigator in 1979 after 20 years of service.

He married his wife of 37 years, Betty (Callahan) Tidwell in 1979 and they moved to Juneau, Alaska where he went to work for the State of Alaska and retired as the Director of the Alaska Police Standards Council in 1993.

Jack and Betty became beloved members in the community of Juneau with their daycare named "The Gingerbread House." For years, many children came through the doors of their home which offered much more than childcare, as they dedicated much of their time to raising these children as family.

Jack was also known for his excellent story telling skills. He could go on for hours recounting the experiences of his life to anyone who would listen. He had a sharp mind, full of charm and wit and spoke with a humble captivating wisdom.

Jack received joy and happiness by giving to others and he had a positive influence on many lives.

The couple moved to Sequim, WA in 1996 where he pursued his hobbies of camping, exploring bargain stores for treasures, and leather and wood working.

Jack is proceeded in death by his parents, his grandson, Jacob William Lewis, and his step-son, Steven Tidwell.

Jack is survived by his spouse, Betty Wray. His children; Jeffrey (Christine) Wray, Deborah (Mark) Lewis, John Wray, Susan (Eric) Endicott, Lisa (Haynes) Tormey, Lori (Joe) Croteau. His grandchildren; Rachel Finochio, Jessica (Steve) Fuller, Daniel Finochio, Taylyn (Jake) Miller, Lindsay Endicott, Katherine Wray, Hannah Finochio, Elizabeth Wray, Madelyn Wray, Olivia Wray, Travis (Ani) Croteau, Joel Symons, Sarah (Josh) Bull, Brian (Moriah) Croteau, Joe Croteau. His great grandchildren; Brody Finochio, Lily Fuller, Easton Fuller, Chloe Wahto-Fuller, Wyatt Hickok, Sienna Miller, Elijah Miller, Callahan Croteau, Cedar Croteau, Clara Ferguson, Timothy Bull, Savannah Croteau, Esme Croteau. Brothers and Sister; Donald (Shirley) Wray, David (Linda) Wray, Darlene (Jerry) Wenger. He is also survived by close family members Beverly (Paul) Harker, Amanda Weeks, Dylan and Ashleigh Weeks. To Jack we were all family whether by birth or by marriage and he did his best to help make a happy and successful home and way of life for all of us through his love.

Jack is finally free from the tight grasp of the disease that kept him from his memories. Memorial Donations may be made to an Alzheimer's organization of your choice.

A celebration of life will be held in Juneau, Alaska at a later date.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 3 to Dec. 3, 2016