ARENZVILLE - Ray Nelson Francis, 86, of Arenzville died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 4, 1928, in Buena Vista County, Iowa, the son of Prince O. and Mary Juda Denney Francis. He married Marion Ore on Nov. 3, 1955, in Jacksonville, and she survives.
Ray also is survived by five children, Teresa Galloway of Chapin, Cindy Francis of Hollywood, Florida, Amy Savage of Arenzville, Michael (wife, Teresa) Francis of Jacksonville and Robert Francis of Arenzville; one stepson, Roger (wife, Penny) Ore of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren, Chad (wife, Alice) Ore of Jacksonville, Lucas Savage of Arenzville, J.D. Galloway of Chapin, Mikki (husband, Adam) Cully of Alexander, Eric Galloway of North Carolina, Gigi Patterson of Jacksonville, Justin Francis of Chicago and Kayla Francis of Jacksonville; 12 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Ruby (husband, Ed) Brummett of Jacksonville, Lois Arlene Smith of Franklin, Louise Bunch of Jacksonville, Shirley (husband, Don) Hermes of Waverly and Judy (husband, Danny) Crow of Franklin; two brothers, Eugene (wife, Di) Francis of Hollister, California, and Thomas (wife, Trish) Francis of Edmond, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Darrin Ore, and four sisters, Sally Lindsey, Audean Smith, Alene Smith and Maxine Dawson.
Ray lived in Iowa and Kentucky as a young man before his family settled in Concord in 1935. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Army that year. Following four years of service in the Army, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving four additional years, including one in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1955. Ray worked as a postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for nearly 26 years, retiring in 1987.
Ray was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed fishing and camping. He particularly enjoyed long camping trips with his family.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Arenzville North Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Aug. 19, 2014