Ralph James Ray, 73, a 25 year East Wenatchee resident, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, following a brief illness.
He was born on December 18, 1938 at Pittsburgh, Kansas to the late Ralph James & Eleanor (Brooks) Lemon. He was raised to the age of 7 in Kansas prior to moving with his family to Ridgecrest, California. He graduated from the Ridgecrest High School in 1956. He remained in the Ridgecrest area until making a trip to Washington to visit his parents and found work in Yakima. He made his home in Yakima where he worked in the roofing business at Paul Dressell
Roofing as well as working in the auto body and fender business for Hahn Motors and S&S Body & Fender.
He met Pamela Jo Storme in Yakima and following a long courtship, they were married on July 5, 1986. They moved to make their home in East Wenatchee in 1987. Ralph worked at Wenatchee Body & Fender, Finishline Auto Body, Leonard Evans Body Shop and Maaco Auto Body prior to retiring. After retiring, he had worked a part time job at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in East Wenatchee.
He enjoyed going camping, hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors. He looked forward to his brother, Richard’s annual two week trip to go camping and fishing together. He was also quite fond of his Maltese Schnauzer, his Buddy named “Rocky”.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Pam Ray, East Wenatchee, six children,
Arthur & (Tammy) Thompson, Outlook, WA, Tina & (Dusty) Stingley, Yakima, Ron & (Donna) Ray, Moses Lake, Mike Ray, Ronda Sue Ray and her companion, Jason Duncan and Pennie & (Brian) Beatty all of Yakima; two sisters, Sandra Tomac, Centralia, WA and Mary Jo Mohrmann, Napa Vine, WA; one brother, Richard Ray, Tualatin, OR; 25 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, one son, James Grassmeyer, one granddaughter, Tuila Ray and one brother, Artie Ray “Junior”.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later date. You are invited to view his online tributes at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com . Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.