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Francis Ray '45 April 10, 2017 10:00 AM updated: April 10, 2017 10:02 AM

930 SOUTH BROADWAY, EDMOND, OK 73034 | 405-341-3737

Francis Eugene Ray
September 4, 1922 - April 5, 2017

Our dad, Francis Eugene "Gene" Ray, passed away quietly in his sleep on the morning of April 5, 2017, at the age of 94.

Our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home as the true and faithful servant he always was for everyone blessed to know him.

Born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, as the eldest of four children, he took on the responsibility of being a man at the age of 12 due to his father's untimely death during the Great Depression. He worked hard his entire life, including picking cotton at an early age, shoeing horses with his blacksmith grandfather, and other difficult jobs to provide for his family. Despite his difficult early life, he worked his way through school and attended Texas A&M University. He was called to active duty and served in France with the Army Corps of Engineers during the WWII recovery effort and returned to finish his degree in accounting after his military service.

After moving to Tulsa to take a job as a tax accountant with the Warren Petroleum Co., he met Katherine Elizabeth Kelley, and the two were married at Holy Family Catholic Church in Tulsa in October of 1950. While working and raising a family, he received his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa Law School, attending night school. He also was a Certified Public Accountant.

He and Katherine were married 62 years until her passing in 2012. Together they raised 10 children: Laurie Ann (Kansas City, MO), Patrick Joseph (College Station, TX), Margaret Katherine Hughes (Noble, OK), Mary Florence Moffett (Tulsa, OK), Peter Gerard (Edmond, OK), Francis Kelley (Edmond, OK), Carol Jeanne Killgore (deceased 2013), Timothy David (Rock Hill, NY), Sarah Alice Niroumand (Boise, ID), and Elizabeth Sue Brandes (Tulsa, OK). He is survived by a sister, Billie Sue Ray, of Sulphur Springs, TX, as well as nine of his children, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gene taught by example, and was the hardest working man we've ever known. His loved ones are comforted to know his soul is free to once-again be the incredible strong spirit we knew and loved, and he's reunited in heaven with his wife Katherine, daughter Carol, and other loved ones gone before.

Friday, April 07, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Baggerley Funeral Home
930 S. Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034 | (405) 341-3737
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Friday, April 07, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Baggerley Funeral Home Chapel
930 S. Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034 | (405) 341-3737
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Saturday, April 08, 2017 | 10:30 am
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
900 S. Littler Ave, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034 | (405) 340-0691
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