RAY -- Darrell M. Ray, 89, of Carl Junction, Missouri, formerly of Fort Scott, Kansas, died on Tuesday evening, October 9, 2007, at the Greenbriar Nursing Home in Joplin, Missouri. He was born on October 4, 1918 in Coffeyville, Kansas, the son of Montie W. and Virginia Lea (Herman) Ray. He grew up in Coffeyville, and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School, and then attended Coffeyville Community College.
He was employed by Fox Midwest Theatres for twenty-three years and managed the local (Fort Scott) Fox Theatre for five years before being transferred to Coffeyville to manage the Fox Theatre there. In February of 1960, he was elected Executive Secretary of the Fort Scott Scottish Rite Bodies, a position he held for thirty-one years, retiring in January, 1991.
During WWII he served first with Regimental Headquarters, 53rd Infantry Battalion, the 110th Air Rescue Boat Squadron and Army Airways Communications System. All 2 and a half years of his overseas duty were in the Aleutian Islands.
He married Mary I. Gaut September 15, 1946 in Coffeyville, Kansas, who died August 1, 1969. He married Irene M. Davis, May 23, 1975 in Fort Scott, Kansas, who died November 1, 1977. He married Sally Elliott, June 24, 1978 in Pittsburg, Kansas, who survives of the home. Also surviving are two sons; Steven Ray of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and David Ray of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a daughter; Judi Ray of DeSoto, Texas, a stepson; George Elliott of Sydney, Australia, two step-daughters; Sally Ann Borello of Joplin, Missouri, and Pam Toombs of Olathe, Kansas, a sister; Jean Howard of Midland, Texas, five grandsons, two granddaughters, three great-grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. In addition to his wives, Mary and Irene, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a granddaughter; Jennifer Toombs.
He was a 60 year member of Keystone Lodge #102, A.F. and A.M., Coffeyville; a life member and 33rd Scottish Rite Mason of the Fort Scott Scottish Rite Bodies; a Past Potentate and life member Mirza Shrine, Pittsburg; member and Past Director court #95, Royal Order of Jesters, Pittsburg, Tula Teocali, Order of Quetzalcoatl, Pittsburg, Kachina Club, Phoenix Arizona and Fort Scott Shrine Club. He was a life member of Olson-Frary-Burkhart VFW Post 1165, Fort Scott, a member of the Fort Scott Amateur Radio Club, having been a ham radio operator since 1947, and a life member of the American Radio Relay League and a life member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association. He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed RVing, amateur radio, fishing and golfing.
Rev. Steve MacArthur will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2007, at the First Presbyterian Church, Fort Scott, Kansas. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Masonic Services will also be held at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the First Presbyterian Church or the Mirza Shrine Transportation Fund. Donations may be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.