March 22, 1952 - December 14, 2012
Bill Ray died peacefully early in the morning on December 14, 2012. Bill was a native of Springfield, Oregon and a 1970 graduate of Thurston High School. He is survived by his wife, Meg Kieran, two-step daughters, Molly Kenzie and Emma Nollette, and two brothers, Tom Ray and Sam Ray. He was the beloved father-in-law to Kari Kenzie and Trevor Nollette and enthusiastic grandfather of five grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his father, Leonard Ray Jr. in 1987 and his mother, Pat Ray in 2005.
After several years of planting trees in the Northwest forests, Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon, graduating Phi Betta Kappa, and received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Oregon School of Law. He worked as a law clerk in the Lane County Court House, then helped start the firm of Baker and Ray. Beginning in 1999, Bill worked for Public Defender Services of Lane County, where he served indigent defendants for 13 years.
Bill loved the Eugene/Springfield community, where he lived all of his life. He served on the Board of Directors of Sponsors, and contributed to Sponsors and Food for Lane County on a regular basis. He was a faithful patron of the local farmers markets and summer festivals.
Bill grew up in Walterville, on the McKenzie River. He was a camper, fisherman, golfer, musician, slow-food chef and a lover of BBQ'd ribs. In addition to championing the underdog as a public defender, Bill was the founder of Mojo Studios, located in the basement of his home in Springfield. Mojo Studios and Bill Ray were proud to produce the blues stylings of the Kenzie Chickens. Bill could often be found in his studio playing the guitar, rehearsing with friends, or recording his grandchildren singing.
He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life is planned for January 2013.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Dec. 22, 2012