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Jimmy Ray was born on November 7, 1937.
He passed away on April 27, 2014, of post-operation surgical complications.
He graduated from Sequim High School in 1955. Jimmy continued his education at the University of Arizona and the University of Oregon, where he completed his master's degree in geology.
He married Joan Avery of Sequim in 1961.
He had two children, a son and a daughter.
Jimmy worked several years for Union Oil Company of California in overseas locations such as Nigeria, Singapore and Indonesia.
He returned to Sequim with his family in 1975.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dell Ray and Allene (Goforth) Ray; and sister Beulah King.
He is survived by his sister Dolores Janssen of Sequim, wife Joan Ray of Sequim, children Jerry and Nancy Ray of Sequim, and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was involved in local Sequim organizations, such as the Sequim Valley Lions Club, Sequim Masonic Lodge and as a volunteer at the Shipley Center.
He also served as a board member at First Federal bank for several years.
We wish to thank Jimmy for being the husband, father, brother, uncle and friend with a helping heart and helping hand.
You were our patriarch and listening ear; we will hold you close and always dear.
A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Shipley Center Organization, P.O. Box 1827, Sequim, WA 98382.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 11, 2014