May 28, 1924 - March 20, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY H. Ray Wilson, 88, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, passed away at home on March 20, 2013. A family service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m., Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond, OK. Ray was born in Paducah, Kentucky, on May 28, 1924. He graduated from Classen High School and received both BA and MA degrees from the University of Oklahoma. As a college student, Ray was an active member in the fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, which continued to be an important affiliation of friends and colleagues throughout his life. A World War II veteran, Ray served in the Pacific and held a lifelong reverence for our men and women in service to the United States of America. Ray was married to Penny Houston Wilson on April 18, 1947. Married sixty-five years, they knew one another for 80 years; they met as children and grew up on the same street. Ray worked in radio broadcasting, later bringing his practical experience to the classroom as a college professor in Journalism. A student of history, he brought context and perspective as an educator, evidenced by visits from many grateful students years after he retired. Ray is survived by his wife, Penny Wilson; and his daughter, Dr. Lynn Wilson, of Olympia, Washington. Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Nell Cornelison Wilson; and his son, Robert Ray Wilson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Paralyzed Veterans of America. The family of Ray Wilson wishes to thank the friends and family who have supported them throughout his life and passing.
Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 23, 2013