Roger Thomas Ray
Roger Thomas Ray, 74, of Sherman, died at 8:53 am, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, FL. He was born on January 21, 1943 in Springfield to Kenneth G. and Margaret Maxine (McClain) Ray. He married Marilyn J. Pescitelli on September 1, 1962 and she survives.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn J. Ray; two daughters, Julianne (Tim) Stoecker and Sandy (Brian) Leka and one son, Thomas (Missy) Ray, all of Sherman; seven grandchildren, Halli and Clair Stoecker, Courtney and Adam Leka, and Peyton, Kendall, and Delaney Ray; one great granddaughter due in May; two sisters, Bette Wyatt of Springfield and Carolyn Cavallone of Hendersonville, NC; three brothers, Charles K. Ray of Springfield, Robert M. and James L. Ray, both of Sunrise Beach, MO; three sisters-in-law, Charlotte Ray of Bartonville, IL, Antoinette Alton of Petersburg and Teresa M. Nichols of Bay City, MI; Paula Antonacci of Springfield who was like a daughter; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother John “Jack” Ray.
He attended Riverton High School and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
Roger worked for Allis-Chalmers after college graduation, in the Data Processing Department until October 1969. He worked at the State of Illinois as Programming Supervisor for the Department of Personnel. In 1970, he transferred to the Department of Finance where he held jobs as a Computer Software Specialist and as a Professional Staff Member. Roger later left the State of Illinois and pursued a career as an Independent Consultant where he worked for several central Illinois companies. He co-founded Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS) in 1979, where he remained until his retirement from LRS on December 31, 2003.
Roger loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed watching his grandkids’ activities. He was an Illini, Cardinal and Bear fan. He was Grand Knight and Treasurer of Riverton Knights of Columbus #3914.
Visitation: 4 – 7 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield with a prayer service at 4 pm.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 am, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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