Cover photo for Charles  J. Ray's Obituary
Charles  J. Ray Profile Photo

Charles J. Ray

April 26, 1929 — November 22, 2019

Charles J. Ray

EAST PEORIA - Charles J. Ray, 90, of East Peoria, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.
He was born on April 26, 1929, in Christopher, Ill., to Charles A. and Wanda (Silkwood) Ray. He married Vera Park on May 3, 1951, in Christopher, Ill. She survives.
Surviving are his wife, Vera Ray of East Peoria; one daughter, Gail Wagner (Randy Barnard) of Morton; one son, William Ray of Morton; four grandchildren, Michelle (Donald) Tovrea, Jason Wagner, William R. Ray, and Nichole Gumm; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Betty (Bob) Overturf of Centralia, Ill., and Lynda (Adam) Fornear of Sesser, Ill.
He was preceded in death by one son, Steve Ray; one grandson, Joseph Wagner; two brothers; and one sister.
Charles was a US Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He worked for Cilco for 38 years and also for Morton Auto Auction for 20 years.
Charles was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Tri-County Duck Club and Little Swan Lake.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hooked on Fishing, 1807 B N. Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611 or www.hookedonfishingpark.org

Visitation

DEC 1. 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)

Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Ave.
Morton, IL, 61550

Memorial

DEC 1. 3:00 PM (CST)

Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Ave.
Morton, IL, 61550
To send flowers to the family in memory of Charles J. Ray, please visit our flower store.

Visits: 5

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers