John L. Ray, 73, of Beatrice, died Friday evening, August 11, 2017 at a Lincoln hospital. He was born on December 11, 1943 at Lincoln and graduated from Crete High School in 1960. He was in the U.S. Army and served in Viet Nam as a helicopter medic and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Following his discharge he worked in Lincoln as a dispatcher for Trailways Bus Line and attended the University of Nebraska. He then worked for the family business of Ray’s Music in Crete. He married Edith Troxel on November 10, 1972 at Washington, KS and moved to Beatrice in 1973. They owned and operated the Broken Arrow from 1973 until 1976 and then he started Security Services in Beatrice which is still operating at the time of his death. He was a member of Bitting-Norman Post #27 of the Beatrice American Legion, was a life member of Geddes-Thober Post #1077 of the Beatrice VFW, and Eagles Aerie #531 of Beatrice. He enjoyed golfing, playing pool, Cardinal baseball, and smoking food at barbeque competitions.
Survivors include his wife, Edith of Beatrice; son, Chad Ray of Beatrice; two granddaughters, Taylor Ray and Hannah Ray both of Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Kenley Bragg; sister, Diane Randleman of Rector, AR; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.L. and Rosella Harkendorff Ray and a daughter, Krista Ray.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Fox Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Magness officiating. Private inurnment of the cremains will be at the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. Military rites will be conducted by Bitting-Norman Post #27 of the Beatrice American Legion. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. A register book will be available for signatures from 8:00 A.M. Thursday until time of services on Friday at the funeral home. www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.