Eldon B. (Freck) RAY

News Death Notice

RAY, Eldon B. "Freck" 89, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in the Forest Glen Health Campus. He was born on November 7, 1923 in North Hampton, Ohio the son of Loren and Florence (Bruner) Ray. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan Ray on August 22, 2012 and they shared sixty-one years together. Eldon graduated from Springfield High School class of 1941 and played basketball. Following high school he served our country in the United States Navy during World War II as an Air Craft Carrier Pilot from 1942-1946. He received service medals from the Atlantic and Pacific (Truck Island) Theatre Campaigns. After returning from the war he joined his father and brother in the family business Ray's Greenhouse for forty plus years. Freck always had the best tomato plants, rose bushes and Christmas trees. He was a member of the Springfield Country Club, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Freck had fond memories of the "FDC" and Rousch Gang. In 2004 he received the Community Beautification Award for his work on North Fountain Boulevard. Freck enjoyed golf, fishing, poker, friends and family and his "4 o'clock" cocktail and hors d' oeuvre. One of the highlights of his life was going on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Janell Ray of Colorado, three daughters and sons-in-law: Susan and Mark Hanson of Arizona, Julie and Doug Addis of Dublin, and Ann and A.J. Mann of Springfield; grandchildren: Meaghan (Robert), J.D., Kristopher, Duncan, Michael, Sara (David), Daniel (Elise), Jeff, and Sally; and great grandchildren, Hannah and Harleex. He was also preceded in death by his parents and brother Wilbur Ray. Private graveside services will be held in Orrville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight or the donor's favorite charity. The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Forest Glen Health Campus and all his dear friends. You may express condolences at www.littletonandrue.com


Published in Springfield News-Sun from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2013