Ray could found on Sunday mornings greeting people as they entered for worship. Handshakes for men and hugs for the women were his routine, along with some joking with the youngsters. He also served on the Board of Session and the Board of Deacons, though not at the same time.
Ray often stepped up to be Head Usher when needed and enjoyed rounding up some of our younger members to help. It was great to see the future generation involved with this part of worship.
An American who loved this country and was very patriotic, Ray organized Veterans Day events to honor our military. There would be a flag-changing ceremony outside led by a local Scout troop and acknowledgement of our veterans and active military. On the first anniversary of 911, Ray organized a ceremony to recognize our local first responders. This was a full Sunday service followed by a luncheon to local police, fire, rescue and military.
After his retirement, Ray would often spend time helping with the lawn care and whacking weeds on the church grounds. He would be excited with the plans of the church retreat and would have enjoyed walking on this trail. Ray went to home to our Heavenly Father in July of 2014.