Ray Thompson, 79, of Deming, passed away Friday July 24, 2015 at his home.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ernie Vineyard officiating. Cremation has taken place at Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
Ray was born Nov. 19, 1935, in Silverton, Texas, to Cornelia Moore and Bill Thompson. He worked as a draftsman in commercial construction. Ray graduated from West Texas State University and was the former regional vice president of Texas Archaeological Society; he was also the director of state field activities for New Mexico Minute Men Project. He served his county honorably in the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He married Margaret Taylor June 19, 1976, and moved to Deming 13 years ago, coming from Lake Roberts. Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church. His pastimes were golfing, fishing, hiking, looking for Indian signs and participating in archaeological digs in Texas.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Margaret; stepson, Gregg Smith of Alhambra, California; daughter, Tammy Thompson of McKinney, Texas, and two grandchildren, Rance and Dillon Fiel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Cornelia Thompson; a son, Tony Thompson; and a brother, Roy Thompson.
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