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Donald A. Ray

October 12, 1917 — September 15, 2007


October 12, 1917
Salix, Iowa
September 15, 2007
Marcus, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Wednesday
September 19, 2007
Bethel Lutheran Church
Sutherland, Iowa
Rev. Leroy Riemer, officiating

“How Great Thou Art”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Borning Cry”
“Go My Children With My Blessing”
Organist: Jan Ebel

Amy Wachter Molly Perez
Timothy Ray Andrew Ray
Rebecca Linton Daniel Landsness
Sarah Landsness Ginny Ray
Rachel Landsness

Waterman Cemetery; Sutherland, Iowa
Military graveside service by the:
Sutherland American Legion

Prayer Service: 7:30 P.M.
Tuesday Sept. 18, 2007
Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home; Paullina
Rev. Gary Landsness, officiating

After the graveside service, relatives and friends are invited
to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Donald Arthur Ray, the son of Marion and Mae (Henry) Ray, was born October 12, 1917 in Salix, Iowa. He received his education in country schools in the Salix and Luton areas. On September 27, 1941, he was united in marriage to Lucille Jalas in Dakota City, Nebraska. Don was called into the service during W.W. II, serving in the Army from 1942 to 1945. After the service the couple farmed in Sutherland and Hartley, before moving to the Dakota City, Nebraska area. They returned to Sutherland in 1966 and they farmed until retiring in 1981 and later moved into Sutherland in 1983. His wife preceded him in death on August 5, 1993 in Cherokee. Don remained in the family home and in 2001, moved to assisted living at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus. He passed away at the care center on Saturday, September 15, 2007, reaching the age of 89 years, 11 months and 3 days.
He was baptized and confirmed on May 15, 1966 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland, where he was currently a member. He was a member of the American Legion of Sutherland and enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.
Don leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters and their husbands, Claryce A. and Mike Welch of Sioux City and Rosezanna M. and Rev. Gary Landsness of LeMars, Iowa and one son and his wife, Daniel L. and Penny Ray of Waukee, Iowa; also 9 grandchildren, Amy Wachter, Molly Perez, Timothy Ray, Andrew Ray, Rebecca Linton, Daniel Landsness, Sarah Landsness, Ginny Ray and Rachel Landsness; 7 great grandchildren, Jordan Wachter, Connor Wachter, Logan Wachter, Brooklyn Linton, David Perez, Tanner Perez and Jayden Linton; two brothers and their wives, Wayne and Velma Ray of Sioux City and Wilbur (Bud) and Bonnie Ray of Sloan, Iowa; a sister, Dorothy Foley of Omaha, Nebraska; three sisters-in-law, Faye Ray of Kingsley, Iowa; Evelyn Jalas of Sutherland and Delores Jalas of Paullina; also other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, a great granddaughter, Kayla Michelle Wachter, his parents, three brothers and one sister.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall
not want. He maketh me to lie
down in green pastures; He leadeth
me beside still waters. He
restoreth my soul; He leadeth me
in the paths of righteousness for
His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort
me; Thou preparest a table before
me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou anointest my head with oil,
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the
Lord forever.
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