Age 89, of Riverside, CA, passed away on September 22, 2018, at Autumn Hill in La Sierra where he had been since February. Ray was born in Reynoldsville, PA, where he lived until he joined the Air Force at the age of 18. His 24 year career in the Air Force took him all over the world, during which he advanced to and retired from March Air Force Base as a Chief Master Sergeant. He was honored to be a part of the IG team for 3 years.
After a brief retirement, he began a second career as a postal carrier and received several awards over 17 years. In 1970, when an Air Force assignment brought Ray back to Riverside, he met Bernice Wood, asked her to dance, and within a short time, they married. Throughout their 46 years together they enjoyed dancing and traveling as often as possible. Together they were known to grow some of the sweetest peaches and the most flavorful tomatoes to the delight of family and friends. Their home was the family gathering place for the holidays and celebrations.
Ray loved baseball, making several baseball tours to multiple parks, and also spent numerous hours working jigsaw, crossword and Sudoku puzzles.
Ray was preceded in death by Bernice; son David; his parents and other siblings. He is survived by step-daughter Jan Doyle; step-son George Wood; two step-grand- daughters (Adrian Ward and Tosha Kelly); their husbands; four step-great grandchildren; grandson Ethan; grand- daughter Madelyn; sister Barbara Clarke and her children Chip and Carole, and nephews Paul and Mark Movinski.