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Ray R. Morris passed peacefully late in the night on August 28, 2017 from Colonial Oaks Assisted Living facility in Katy, Texas. Born 100 years too late to be the real cowboy he had always dreamed of being, Ray rode to the great hunting and fishing grounds in the sky on the tail of Hurricane Harvey.
Born on January 15th, 1925 in Ada, Oklahoma to Harry Edward Morris and Rhoda Larson Morris, Ray was the longest living in his family of 4 siblings, Harry Jr., Warren, Marion and Ailene.
Ray outlived the love of his life, Wilma Rae, whom he had met in 1945 and to whom he was married for 54 years. Ray and Wilma Rae raised 4 sons, Marshall, Gary Victor, Richard Warren and Russell Earl - all successful in Ray's eyes because (as far as he knew) they "never went to prison or got hooked on drugs". Ray is survived by Gary, Richard and Russell.
Next to his family, Ray loved the great outdoors more than almost anything. He fished and hunted wild game all over North and South America and enjoyed being outside (in any weather) preparing BBQ for friends and family.
Ray served as a proud U.S. Military Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was called to active duty on July 1, 1943 until being released to inactive duty in 1946 where he remained available for service until his honorable discharge on October 15, 1965. Ray attended the University of Central Missouri to study Petroleum Engineering, but, due to his father's illness, he was unable to finish college and later attended Texas A&M to receive a certificate in business management (much to the displeasure of his 4 sons who all attended the University of Texas).
Ray had a lifelong career in the oilfield starting out as a roughneck in the Oklahoma oilfields and working his way up to Senior Management for a large multi-national service company. Ray's retirement in 1985 marked the end of a 35 year career in the oilfield where he had many wonderful experiences and cultivated many, many genuine and lifelong friends whom he remembered fondly.
Ray was also a 32nd Degree Perpetual Member of the A&A Scottish Rite of Freemasonry out of Guthrie Valley Oklahoma that joined in 1951.
Right up to age 88, Ray attended weekly AARP meetings and served as officer in the Bellaire Branch of AARP. He took weekly exercise classes and enjoyed getting out and meeting people just as he had for his entire life.
All those that knew Ray Morris will miss him dearly, knowing him as someone larger than life itself and as a strong willed character, determined to survive despite the odds - our very own Morris version of John Wayne.
So long, Ray, say "Hi" to Mom and enjoy your new Home, Home on the Range. "Hold steady, squeeze slow".
Ray requested that any donations be sent to the attention of St. Jude's Children Hospital.
Finally, we would like to thank all the wonderful people at Colonial Oaks Assisted Living in Katy, Texas and at Vantage Hospice. They made Ray's last days as comfortable as possible. Thank you.