Ravin D. "Woody"  Ray

Obituary for Ravin D. "Woody" Ray

March 25, 1937 - October 1, 2019
Sugar Grove, Illinois | Age 82


Ravin D. "Woody" Ray, 82, of Sugar Grove passed away peacefully surrounded by close family in the early morning hours on October 1st, 2019. He lived a wonderful life and will be missed dearly by all. Woody was born on March 25, 1937 in Tyler, Missouri to Ernest and Altie (Chipman) Ray.

Woody was well known in Sugar Grove, throughout Kane County and the surrounding areas. He was also highly recognized in his hometown of Ripley, Tennessee, where he very much enjoyed spending his free time. He owned and operated several successful businesses in which he developed many personal friendships. Woody was extremely accomplished; receiving numerous Outstanding and Excellence Awards throughout his career as a general contractor and real-estate owner and investor. One of Woody's most valued achievements was becoming a Master Mason, member of Order of the Eastern Stars, and belonging to the Medinah Temple. Woody was a loving, dedicated, generous, and most of all, selfless husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and mentor. Many have described Woody as a leader who demonstrated integrity each and every day, a highly intelligent man who was a hard-working, humble, courageous and praised him for his entrepreneurship. His true passion and joy in life revolved around spending time with his beloved family for which he idolized – this was truly one of his most outstanding accomplishments, the Eylau farm in which he worked as a child with his father and then later went on to own, develop, and operate, and his commitment for helping others. He was at peace knowing that he dedicated his life to God. He will be missed greatly, remembered fondly, and his warm smile and wonderful sense of humor will forever mark his life as a wonderful journey. He was admired by all that knew him.

Woody was married to his loving, supportive, and caring wife, Willodean "Dean" Ray for 63 years. They have an everlasting love for each other and are truly soulmates for life. Woody is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Altie Ray, his oldest half-brother, James Ray Jr., two sisters, Sue Hammock and Janett Ray and daughter, Hazel Shirley. He is survived by three children, Ravin Donald (Annette) Ray, Terry (Scott) Johnson, Patricia Wilcutt, and his brother, James (Sue) Ray of Tennessee. He took great pride and joy in his many grandchildren; Tammy (Keith) Kirchdoerfer, Max (Elizabeth) Sucilla, Amie (Jordan) Kasper, Michael (Morgan) Snow, Steven (Alisanne) Ray, Sarah (Jerimiah) Boyle, Melissa Ray, Jacqueline Hilger, Jackie (Randy) Lee, Billy Shirley and Randy Smallwood. Woody was also blessed to have spent loving time with his 22 Great-Grandchildren, and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews which he so loved and admired.

Visitation will take place from 4-8 P.M. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Funeral services will take place at 1 P.M. on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the funeral home followed by interment at Lincoln Memorial Park.


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