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Memorial Service

Waters Funeral Home
Saturday June 25th, 2022

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Graveside Service

Mount Olivet Cemetery
Saturday June 25th, 2022
12:00pm - 12:30pm

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SSG James Richard Ray II

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,aerhq.org) or H.E.R.O.E.S Care (https://.heroscare.org). 

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

Online condolences may be made to the family on James' memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com

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A candle was lit in memory of SSG James Ray II

Christine and Family Jul 12 2022 12:23 AM

A candle was lit in memory of SSG James Ray II

Mark and Susan Houchins Jun 27 2022 8:41 AM

Love, sympathy, and prayers for all.

Dena Berkey Jun 26 2022 3:46 PM

Sending love, hugs, and prayers for all the family! May we always remember James ornery grin and fill his son’s ears with stories of love!

Jena Kodesh Jun 21 2022 5:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of SSG James Ray II

Marvin and Rose Yager Jun 16 2022 10:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of SSG James Ray II

Mary Beth Fowler Fitzgerald Jun 15 2022 7:29 PM

Sincere sympathy.

RaMona Maxwell Davis Jun 6 2022 2:17 PM

Our deepest condolences.

Rachel and Adam Williams Jun 5 2022 8:25 AM

Our condolences to James's family and friends, so sorry for your loss.

Nancy and Jesse Huntsman Jun 5 2022 8:00 AM

Fly with the angels sweet cheeks. Aunt Debbie

Debbie Ray Jun 4 2022 7:57 PM

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