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James Richard "Rick" Ray, 86, of Hope, has gone to be with his beloved Pat. He passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home. They were married 48 years before she passed away in December of 1988.
Rick served in the U.S. Navy for three years. He was employed at Cummins Engine Company for 16 years and was owner of Oasis Liquor Store in Hope for 23 years.
He enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends, watching NASCAR and playing cards. He got the nickname "Birddog" while playing basketball for Shelbyville High School.
He leaves behind two daughters, Cathy Day (Mark) of Hope and Cindy Day (Dwight) of Knoxville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Tracy Smith (Jason) of Greenwood, Jennifer Madden (Chris) of Greenwood
and Jim Lucas (Heather) of Columbus; and four great-grandchildren, Courtney and Faith Lucas and Lincoln and Lila Madden.
Born March 3, 1928, in Shelbyville, Rick was the son of Russell and Carrie Alice Armstrong Ray.
There will be a celebration of Rick's life Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Norman Funeral Home in Hope. Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. A private family burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be donated through the funeral home to Bartholomew County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pat, and four siblings.
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