Michael Ray

Michael Ray

Tuesday, July 22nd, 1952 Sunday, August 11th, 2019

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Obituary for Michael Charles "Mike" Ray

Known as a storyteller, outgoing and talkative Michael C. "Mike" Ray passed away at age 67, will be missed by his family and friends. Mike, who was a resident of Spring Valley, passed away Sunday, August 11th, 2019 in Beavercreek.

To help the family celebrate his life, you are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 16th, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church (830 Bowen St, Dayton, Ohio 45440), with burial and military to follow at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born July 22nd, 1952 to Betty (Snyder) and Arthur Ray, and was a 1971 graduate of Wilbur Wright HS. Mike served his country in the US Army and was awarded the National Defense Service and Marksman Medal. He was a Firefighter/ EMT for Dayton Fire Department until his retirement after 27 years. His family, friends and co-workers knew him as a good provider and a hard-worker. Mike loved being a firefighter where he had the opportunity to not only be helpful but save a lot of lives.

In his free time, and especially after retirement, he could be found either hunting or fishing depending on the the season. Gardening and watching his birdfeeders were another of his outdoor pursuits. Besides his family, he had a long-time love for dogs, of which he had many but his latest are Josie and Cheyanne who will also miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved son Joshua, brother Bill and sister Cathy.

Mike is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol, and his sister Debbie Via, nephew Chris Ray, niece Stephanie Ray, and numerous other relatives and friends.

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Service Details

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 10:30am
    St Anthony Catholic Church
    830 Bowen St
    Dayton, Ohio
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    Friday, August 16th, 2019
    Father Chris Wittmann
  • Interment

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery
    8135 N Dixie Dr
    Dayton, Ohio
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    Friday, August 16th, 2019

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Randy and Deb Keith, In loving memory of Michael Ray, and others have planted trees to honor the life of Michael Charles "Mike" Ray.
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Randy and Deb Keith

Carol we send all love, Deb
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Randy and Deb Keith planted a memorial tree for Michael Ray
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In loving memory of Michael Ray

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Diane Webb

Thank you Mike for always being there when I needed you, you were a good friend. We will miss you. Love ya, Diane
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Rich Mitchell

Although we were on different platoons our paths crossed on overtimes and it was always good to see smiling Mike Ray who could keep you laughing. He was a good conscientious firefighter who always did his job still had a smile at the end contradicts himself
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With our deepest sympathy,
Your friends from Miami Valley Pet Therapy
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