Ray was born July 31, 1941 in Clarksville, Missouri, the son of Truman Lesley Wamsley and Etha Thelma (Beers) Wamsley. He attended high school in Hannibal, Missouri. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from active duty, Ray attended both Long Beach and Glendale City Colleges in California. He was united in marriage to Sylvia Olsen on September 26, 1964 in Claremont, California. The couple moved to Edina in northeast Missouri where he farmed for several years. Next, they moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where he managed Northland Plumbing Supply.
In 1985, Ray went to work for Oscar Meyer Foods in Kirksville, Missouri. Following his retirement from Oscar Meyer, the couple moved to Enid, Oklahoma where he was employed with Advanced Foods for a time. Following his second retirement in 2005, he and Sylvia moved to Warrensburg. Ray was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – Day Saints in Warrensburg. Enjoyed various hobbies in which he was a collector of items that interested him. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; four children: Julie Beirne and husband, Timothy of Fresno, CA; Cindy Gillming and husband, Mark of Yuba City, CA; Amy Dawn Fontaine and husband, Todd of Warrensburg, MO; and Raymond Matthew Wamsley and wife, Katy of Kingsville, MO; two sisters: Thelma Wamsley of Hannibal, MO and Betty Painter of Florida; two brothers: Coy Wamsley and wife, Carol Ann of Moberly, MO and Jesse Wamsley and wife, Libby, also of Moberly, MO; sixteen grandchildren: Jordan Douglas Gillming and wife, Sarah; Lance Cpl. Brett Ryan Gillming; Elder Nathan Drew Gillming; Dylan Eric Gillming; Tyler Mark Gillming; Elder Daniel Joseph Mochon; David Andrew Mochon; Elder Logan Chase Fontaine; Garrett Henry Fontaine; Nolan Ray Fontaine; Gavin Todd Fontaine; Raymond Trever Wamsley; Abigail Lee Wamsley; Rachel Rose Wamsley; Truman Lee Wamsley and Tucker Allen Wamsley; and also, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents; a brother: Lee Wamsley and a grandson: Austin Matthew Wamsley.
Funeral Service were 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – Day Saints in Warrensburg. Bishop Alan Zabriskie officiated. Interment followed in Pisgah Cemetery, north of Chilhowee with full Military Honors by Warrensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #2513 and American Legion, Post 131. Pallbearers were his grandsons.
Arrangements entrusted to Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg.
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