William Horace Ray passed on July 23, 2011. Horace had been a resident at Pine Ridge Extended Care, in Pagosa Springs, since February 2011. Horace was born Sept. 15, 1919, in Cheraw, Colo., one of four children born to Jess Verne Ray and Myrtle Ethel Ray.
The family moved to Belen, N.M., in 1921, and remained lifelong residents of New Mexico. Horace graduated Belen High School in 1938 and was always proud of his school and the football that he played while there. In 1939, he married his to-be life companion, Alice Josephine Alexander.
Horace, twin brother Howard and younger brother Paul all served in World War II. Horace served in the US Army, Pacific Theater, in the Philippines, and was honorably discharged in January 1946.
After WW II, he was employed by AT&SF Railway in Albuquerque, N.M., retiring as a stationary engineer with 40 years of service.
Horace was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Alice. He is survived by his sister Wanda and husband Joe Garrison, of Albuquerque; sons Dick and wife Vimmie, Rodney and wife Debbie, all of Pagosa Springs; son Sam and wife Susan of Quemado, N.M., and daughter Jeannette and husband Charles Angus of Washougal, Wash.; as well as 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Horace was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life, even enjoying a spring turkey hunt at the age of 91.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Romero Funeral Home in Belen, N.M. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.