John Ray

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John L. Ray, 73, of Beatrice, died Friday evening, August 11, 2017 at a Lincoln hospital. He was born on December 11, 1943 at Lincoln and graduated from Crete High School in 1960. He was in the U.S. Army and served in Viet Nam as a helicopter medic and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Following his discharge he worked in Lincoln as a dispatcher for Trailways Bus Line and attended the University of Nebraska. He then worked for the family business of Ray’s Music in Crete. He married Edith Troxel on November 10, 1972 at Washington, KS and moved to Beatrice in 1973. They owned and operated the Broken Arrow from 1973 until 1976 and then he started Security Services in Beatrice which is still operating at the time of his death. He was a member of Bitting-Norman Post #27 of the Beatrice American Legion, was a life member of Geddes-Thober Post #1077 of the Beatrice VFW, and Eagles Aerie #531 of Beatrice. He enjoyed golfing, playing pool, Cardinal baseball, and smoking food at barbeque competitions. Survivors include his wife, Edith of Beatrice; son, Chad Ray of Beatrice; two granddaughters, Taylor Ray and Hannah Ray both of Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Kenley Bragg; sister, Diane Randleman of Rector, AR; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.L. and Rosella Harkendorff Ray and a daughter, Krista Ray. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Fox Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Magness officiating. Private inurnment of the cremains will be at the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. Military rites will be conducted by Bitting-Norman Post #27 of the Beatrice American Legion. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. A register book will be available for signatures from 8:00 A.M. Thursday until time of services on Friday at the funeral home. www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.


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Roger Douglas

Sincere condolences to the Ray Family and John's close friends.John was a good friend and teammate in basketball and Legion baseball during our Crete High School Years. He was a fierce competitor while at the same time very respectful of his Coaches and Teammates. I have had the opportunity to see him on occasion since those High School Years and I found him to always be full of enthusiasm for life and greeting all with his big friendly smile. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him.
May the Lord embrace his entry into eternity!

 Posted August 16, 2017 - 5:38pm
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Roger Douglas

Condolences to the Ray Family. John was a good friend at Crete High School and was a great teammate in basketball and Legion Baseball. I always had the utmost respect for John the way he competed in athletics and the way he showed respect for his Coaches and Teammates.. I had the opportunity to see him on occasion since those days of High School and his demeanor was always that of enthusiasm for life and a friendly smile in greeting others. He will be missed by all!
May the Lord embrace his entry into eternity.

 Posted August 16, 2017 - 5:30pm
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Lesa Hauptman

So sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

 Posted August 16, 2017 - 3:24pm
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Nancy Bissegger

So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was always making people smile. I will be proud to stand the flag line with the other Legion Riders to honor him and his service.

 Posted August 16, 2017 - 12:26pm
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Kristie Ray

Always had a good word to say and a smile to give...you will be missed.

 Posted August 15, 2017 - 2:19pm
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Dale and Deb Simmons

We will miss your smile . May you rest in peace

 Posted August 13, 2017 - 9:49am

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