Clarence "Bud" H. Ray
December 11, 1928 - January 23, 2018


Clarence "Bud" H. Ray
Dec 11, 1928 - Jan 23, 2018


Clarence "Bud" Harvey Ray, the son of Clarence Abner and Erma Evelyn (Hayes Wallace) Ray, was born December 11, 1928 in Coin, Iowa. He passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 89.

Bud spent his early years in Coin and Shenandoah. On August 5, 1950 he was united in marriage to Dale Jean Gillespie, they resided in Shenandoah. Jean passed away in 1979. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, he was stationed in Japan. He received Police Academy Training in 1961. On February 13, 1982 Bud was united in marriage to Lois Ann Merkle they, resided in Shenandoah. Ann passed away in 2009.

Bud worked for Mount Arbor Nursery from 1953 until 1961, then worked for the Shenandoah Police Department until is retirement in 1991. Bud worked two jobs most of the time, he also worked for Clark and Jerry Stanley and Bill Meyer over the years doing concrete work. He was a member of the Eagles Clubs, American Legion Post 88, Lions Club and the Elks. He enjoyed woodworking, furniture caning and refinishing, fishing and hunting. Bud was a thoughtful and loving husband, father, and friend.

Bud was preceded in death by is parents, brother Bill Ray, wives Jean and Ann, and great-grandson Kaiden Collier.

Bud is survived by his three daughters; Deb (Bill) Hillman of Shenandoah, Diana Kirk of Shenandoah and Darla (Terry) Mire of Hollister, Missouri, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Burial of cremains will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites provided by the Shenandoah American Legion Post 88 Color Guard.

Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Police Department.


Larry and Merrie Olsen on Jan 29, 2018

Dear Ray Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Have many fond memories of Bud and Ann. Larry and Merrie Olsen

Karen on Jan 29, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with Buds family

Karen on Jan 29, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with Buds family.

Rita Gibson on Jan 26, 2018

My sincere condolences to Bud's family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom & Sue Spears on Jan 25, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bud's family at this time.

Jeff Hiser on Jan 24, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bud. I am glad I had the opportunity to serve with Bud on the police department. He was a good officer and individual. He will be missed.

Marilyn Merrick on Jan 24, 2018

I have never met you but thank you for Darla-what a wonderful and beautiful woman! Marilyn Merrick

Rhonda Royer on Jan 24, 2018

Prayers for Bud's family at this time.

Terry Ann Fetz on Jan 24, 2018

My thought and prayers are with his family at this time of loss we too lost our aunt Sunday Jan 21 we use to live across the street from each other on 5th ave Terry Ann Fetz (Schaper)

Barbara Cunningham on Jan 24, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with all. Many good memories.

Elease Cowles on Jan 24, 2018

My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy is conveyed to this family at this time. I am keeping you all in my prayers. Thank you, Bud, for your service. God Bless

Linda Monroe on Jan 24, 2018

so sorry to hear about Buds passing. Thoughts and Prayers for the family.



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Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home
208 W. Clarinda Ave
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
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