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SSG James Richard Ray II

April 14, 1995 — May 10, 2022

SSG James Richard Ray II passed away on May 10, 2022. He was born on April 14, 1995 in Springfield, MO to Father (Late) James R Ray and Cheryl Townsend (Ray).

James Graduated from Buffalo High School in 2013 and then started his military career directly afterwards. He served in the US Army up until the day of his passing. In December of 2013, he married his wife, Elizabeth Ray (Carter), and they had 3 beautiful sons. He loved his family dearly and will be forever missed by all.

James was an adventurist, enjoying many things outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hiking, music, film photography and never passed up the opportunity to go fishing. He planned on starting a small farm after discharging from the military, raising sheep and growing his own crops, while teaching his sons the importance of farming.

James is survived by his mother and step father Cheryl and Mike Townsend, his step mother Monique Ray, His wife Elizabeth Ray, sons James III, Jonathan, and Joshua, his siblings, Mathew and Amanda Townsend, Bryce Townsend, Joanne and Mitch Henry, and Erik Townsend. He is predeceased by his father James R Ray.

Services will be held on Saturday June 25, 2022, 11am, at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, MO.  Graveside services with full military honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery to follow the service.

The friends and family thank you for your condolences during this time. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Army Emergency Relief fund (www, or H.E.R.O.E.S Care ( 

We, the family, appreciate all the love and support during this difficult time. Thank you.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

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Graveside Service

Saturday, June 25, 2022

12:00 - 12:30 pm (Central time)

Mount Olivet Cemetery

9945 Hwy W, Vandalia, MO 63382

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