Kenai resident Howard Wray, 73, died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a long battle with cancer.
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A celebration of his life will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 22, at The Kenai United Methodist Church in Kenai, 607 Frontage Road. Rev. Janice Carlton will officiate. Additional services will be held in Fort Lupton, Colo., at a later date.
Mr. Wray was born July 30, 1938 to Lowell and Mildred Wray in Wheatland, Wyo. Howard raised his family in Colorado for most of his life until moving to Kenai in 1999. He was a Floor Layer in Colorado and California for 38 years. Howard retired in Colorado from resilient Floor Covering Union In 1993. He loved fishing, hunting, woodworking, his yard, and working on cars. Howard liked to stay busy and he loved to help people.
His family said, "Howard and his wife Diana celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in July. Their 5 children were with them at their home in Kenai at the time.
"He loved Alaska. He always said, 'Alaska has the bluest skies and is the prettiest state in the union.' Alaska will never be the same for those who loved him."
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Craig Lovell
He is survived by his wife, Diana Wray of Kenai; daughters, Kathryn Lefforge of Brighton, Colo., Bonnie Woodland of Johnstown, Colo. and Terry Lovell of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; sons, Mike Wray of DeBerry, Texas and Ken Wray of Las Vegas; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donation may be made for a memorial bench at Cunningham Park on the Kenai River at any Alaska USA Bank, to the family for charities of their choice or
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Oct. 17, 2011