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Fred P. Ray Jr.

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Fred Paul Ray Jr., 84, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, of cancer. He was born on April 21, 1925, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the only child of Fred and Lucille (Mayfield) Ray.
Fred spent his youth in Oklahoma City and attended the University of Texas in 1944-48, serving in the U.S. Navy before graduating. He met Angee Mae Bear at the university. They were married on June 6, 1948. The family moved to Alamogordo in 1956, where he worked at the Holloman Air Force Base Guidance Test Facility until retirement in 1980.
He was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and taught for many years. He was also active in the local chapter of Gideons International and regularly participated in Bible distribution. In retirement, he volunteered with the VITA program, offering free assistance with income tax returns.
Fred enjoyed camping, fishing and visiting national parks on family vacations. With Angee, he traveled to Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Fred was also a skilled handyman and mechanic who spent hours on household projects and car maintenance.
The Rays were blessed with 57 years of marriage before Angee's death. Fred is survived by daughter Rhonda Ray, of Midland, Texas, and her daughter Jennifer; son Lawrence, of Albuquerque, and his children Anita, Scott and Alan and Alan's wife, Tina; son Mark and his wife, Rhonda, of Weatherford, Okla., and their son Adam; and son David and his wife, Susan, of Allen, Texas, and their children Jonathan, Jessica and Jeniece.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bart Montgomery officiating. 
The Deacons of the church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at the Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 9 to Oct. 25, 2009
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