Dr. Fred A. Ray was born Nov. 4, 1943, in Cassville, Missouri, to Mr. George T. and Ida Mae Ray. He grew up in Butterfield, Missouri, where he attended school, worked on his family's farm and helped at his father's feed store, George Ray and Son's Feed Store.
He attended high school in Cassville, Missouri, where he excelled in math, science and basketball. After graduating from Cassville High School in 1961, he attended Pittsburg State University where he majored in pre-med. While at PSU, he met Floey E. Collier and they were married June 23, 1963. In addition to being a full-time college student, he also served as the minister at Zion Baptist Church in Jasper, Missouri. He graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 1970 from Kansas University Medical Center. He then did his internship at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.
Dr. Ray and Flo gave birth to their daughter, Cynthia Diane Ray, on Aug. 28, 1970. They moved to Miami, Oklahoma, in 1971 when Dr. Ray started practice in Welch, Oklahoma. On May 3, 1973 their son Gregory Allen Ray was born. In 1975, Dr. Ray established NEO Medical Center with his colleague and friend Dr. Martin Grotheer.
Dr. Ray lived in Miami, Oklahoma, where he was an active member of the community. He devoted his life to his practice of medicine and caring for others. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his family unconditionally. He was a Christian role model for all those around him. He enjoyed his work, his family, farming, studying the Bible and sharing God's word. He will be greatly missed.
Dr. Ray is survived by his wife, Flo; his daughter, Cyndi Ray and her husband Chris Voigtman who reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Cyndi practices Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Chris is co-owner and Mortgage Banker at Marlin Mortgage; his son, Greg and wife Amber and their children Aaron, Ashley and Aidan who live in rural McCune, Kansas, where they farm and raise cattle. Amber is a hairstylist in Pittsburg, Kansas, and the children attend school in Girard, Kansas; two brothers and their families, George Ray and Henry Ray; and two sisters, Anna Mae Buchanan and Arlene Blakey and their families.
Dr. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, George T. and Ida Mae Ray; and two brothers, Walter Ray and Charlie Ray.
Dr. Ray will lie in state at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 21, 2007, from 8 a.m., to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2007, at First Baptist Church in Miami with the Rev. Rick Longcrier and the Rev. Stan Cover officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Stockwell, Bob Meyer, Tom Whitwell, Dan Bright, Martin Grotheer, Brian Laue, Tony Buchanan, Tim Buchanan, and Tommy Ray.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Miami High School Future Farmers of America in care of the funeral home.