Aug 13, 1925 - April 24, 2013 EDMOND Ray Herndon went to be with our Lord at the age of 87. He was a 50-year member of the River Oaks Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, where he had many friends. He was born in Dallas and moved to OKC when he was 2. He attended Lincoln Grade School, Webster JH and graduated from Central HS in 1943. At 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps for World War II. When the war ended, he went to OU, but after a year, he left to go to an Art School in LA at the suggestion of Norman Rockwell. When he finished, he returned to OKC and started his own Advertising Art Studio. His most well recognized artwork in the OKC area was the Eagle Logo used for Will Rogers World Airport. He soon after went to work for Lowe Runkle Advertising as Asst. Art Director. There he met his future wife, Sue. After Ray and Sue were married, they bought a new home in The Village. Ralph Wall, an artist friend of Ray's from OKC, called him and said he had so much work in Houston that he wanted Ray to come down and be his partner. Ray and Sue sold their home in The Village and moved to Houston in 1961. Ray and Sue lived 42 years in Houston, where Ray was very successful. Ray and Sue both retired and moved back to OKC in 2004. Sue's health had been bad for a long time, and she died March 13, 2005. Ray was also preceded in death by his parents, Ray Sr. and Kittie Herndon; and sister, Virginia Springer. He is survived by two daughters: Jan McCall, of McLoud; and Kristie Massey, of Edmond; a niece, Kathy Reinke, of OKC; also grandchildren, Amy Clark, Dirk Bell Cody McCall, Sydney Turner, Christy McDaniel, Elizabeth Norman, Mary Ann Silva and Mykael Story; with 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Ray was a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Indian Tribe and loved to Gourd dance. He was also very active in the Sports Car Club of America since 1956, both in Oklahoma and Houston. He held many offices while in the Sports Car Club, serving as Regional Director for the Houston Region. Memorial will be at 10 a.m. May 3 at LifeChurch (I-35 & 2nd).
Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 28, 2013