Ray was born and raised in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School in 1954. He worked for Missouri State Highway Department out of Joplin, Mo., as a survey party chief for 36 years, retiring in 1992. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. Ray liked hunting and fishing. He was a self-taught artist and even wrote a book. He was a big supporter of Nevada High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Nevada.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Donna, include two sons, Steve Ryan and his wife, Anita, and Doug Ryan and his wife, Joyce, all of Nevada; three grandchildren, David Ryan and his wife, Crystal, Butler, Mo., Nathan Ryan and Brooklyn Ryan, both of Nevada; one great-grandson, Aidan Ryan, Butler, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Billy Bob Ryan and Gene Ryan; one sister, LaNelle Leer; and one daughter, Sheila Kay Ryan, killed in a car wreck in 1972.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 23, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with the Rev. Hubert Fox officiating. Friends may call now and until 9:30 a.m., Monday, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
Memorials may be made, in his memory, to the donor's choice in care of Ferry Funeral Home.
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