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Mark Randall Ray
Mark Randall Ray, 72 years old, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Mark was born in Detroit, Mich. on March 11, 1950, to James Vance Ray and Margie Ellen Whaley. Mark is survived by his loving wife, Linda Louise Ray; his devoted son, Joshua James Ray; his sister, Jamie Sue Gibson and Carl Gibson of Marshall, Mich.; his brother David Keith Ray and Jackie Ray of Dallas, Texas; and nieces and nephew Heather Brinker Grogg of Battle Creek, Mich. and Katie and Matthew Ray of Dallas, Texas.
Mark attended Michigan State University receiving a B.S., Mechanical Engineering from 1968 to 1972 and an M.S., Mechanical Engineering from 1972 to 1974; University of Rochester for Japanese Language and Culture from 1990 to 1991; and University of Phoenix receiving an M.S., Information Technology from 2005 to 2008.
Mark enjoyed working for several employers during his 42 year career. He loved the adventure and challenges presented by each company and new location and loved his time spent in New York, California, Maine, and Texas. The true highlight of his working life was living in England twice, from 1979 to 1980 in London and from 1999 to 2000 in Windsor. Mark loved to travel and study other cultures, customs, and food, and his job took him to many countries including Japan, Korea, Russia, Brazil, Ireland, France, and the Netherlands.
Mark was a gentle and honorable man, a loving and devoted husband and father, who loved life and enjoyed all the opportunities and pleasures which came his way. He loved tending to his garden, woodworking, puzzles, listening to Jazz and Blues music, and loved to read for pleasure and to gain knowledge. He loved baking bread and pizza, brewing beer, and cooking Indian food for his family. He had a special friendship and love for his old MSU friends the “Mudsharks”.
Mark was a devoted husband to his childhood sweetheart, Linda, having their first date at 16 years old and married November 22, 1972. His proudest moment was when his son, Josh, was born. They shared many common interests throughout the years.
“If there ever comes a day
When we can’t be together
Keep me in your heart
I’ll stay there forever”
P.S. Mark was concerned about the chestnut blight and the survival of the American Chestnut Tree, planting several at his home in the last several years. If you wish to, please plant a tree of your own or donate to the American Chestnut Foundation.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.
Click here to view Mark’s tribute video.
There’s a country church I like to visit.
It rests in a farmer’s field and
while the front door is solid,
uneven hinges keep it slightly open–
I sit quietly, listening,
hearing my breathing and
the crack of a pew announcing its age.
The statues mind their own business.
Aware of unquiet thoughts and
the desire to let them go,
I watch the sun shining through stained glass,
illuminating dust motes and fingerprints
of other travellers.
Silence lives here,
It wraps around me like a coat,
buttoning out the noise of the day,
offering the warmth of
solace and reflection and
reminding me of how
gracefully my brother had lived,
and how, with a final breath,
he opened the door to
the Other Side–
and simply stepped through.
Happy 50th Anniversary
Thank you for
all the Love
I saw in your eyes
our eyes met
Now every day
I shut my eyes
and think of how
you used to
into my ear
“There’ll never be
but you for me
never ever be
Just couldn’t be
You were everything to me…
a great husband and father
Thank you for the
we lived together.
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