Lawrence “Larry” Ray, 1932-2018

Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Lawrence “Larry” W. Ray, 86, of North Liberty, IN, who passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Larry was born on July 17, 1932, in Dearborn, MI, to Curtis William and Thelma (George) Ray.

On December 19, 1953, in LaPorte, IN, he married Sherry Kay Jones, who preceded him in death in 2014.  

Surviving are his beloved children, Kay M. (John) Zakes of Mill Creek, IN, Catherine (Douglas) Seymour of LaPorte, and Cortney L. Ray of LaPorte; four granddaughters, Kelly (Larry) Hawkins, Jillian Shelton, Julie (Justin) Bannwart and Courtney Lynn Ray; six great-grandchildren, Isabelle Hawkins, Kathlene Hawkins, Cole Shelton, Layke Bannwart, Lyla Bannwart, and Chase Shelton; brothers, Norman Ray of LaPorte, Raymond (Brenda) Ray of Riverdale, GA, and Richard (Marleen) Ray of North Port, FL; several nieces and nephews; and special neighbor and caregiver, Treva Lawson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Melvin Ray; grandson-in-law, John Shelton; and in-laws, Elvis and Justine Jones.

Larry was an independent truck driver for over 60 years and was a former school bus driver. He was a charter member of Mill Creek Lions Club and Rumely Allis-Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center, a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church, Sunday Farmers, Rumely Antique Tractor Collectors, Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair, and I.H.C.C. Chapter 33.

In his younger years, Larry enjoyed water skiing, snowmobile racing and camping. He was very active at the Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. (CT) Thursday, August 23, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Dave Peery officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. (CT) Wednesday, August 22, and from 10 a.m. (CT) until the service Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rumely Allis-Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center, PO Box 206, LaPorte, IN 46352; or Oak Grove Cemetery, c/o Carolyn A. Hunt, 190 Katie Lane, LaPorte, IN 46350.

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4 Responses to “Lawrence “Larry” Ray, 1932-2018”

  1. Jeanne DIckey

    Aug 19. 2018

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Terry thought a lot about Larry and his family and is looking down on them from his place in heaven also.

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  2. Paul Rymer

    Aug 20. 2018

    Our sympathies to the entire Ray family. Larry was one of the greatest men I knew. His devotion to the tractor hobby was unmatched and he will be missed by his many friends. On behalf of the Rumely Allis Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center and all of it’s members along with all of his friends our thoughts and prayers are sent out to the family. He’ll be driving his Altman Taylor in heaven now.May he Rest in Peace.

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  3. Rachel Rife

    Aug 20. 2018

    I am at a loss for words. He was a great man and I am so glad that I got one last hug this year at the Winamac Show. I will really miss his smile and hearing him call Ali “my shoes”. Sending love to the family.

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  4. Judy Richmond

    Sep 10. 2018

    Tonight is 9-10-18 & I just read about Larry. I’m so sorry I didn’t know about this sooner. I’ve known all the Ray family all my life & his mother was like a second mother to me. I was just thinking about him today as I went to our niece’s house to get out lawnmower fixed. So sorry to hear that he has joined Sherri. I was over to see him a while back & I knew he wasn’t feeling to good. I will surely miss him.

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