Ray Winfrey Jr., 87, of Parkville, Missouri passed away January 22, 2013, while in NorthCare Hospice House. Ray was born in Wakenda, Missouri on June 18, 1925 to Ray and Gladys (Bandel) Winfrey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marceline of 60 years, parents and a sister, Hazel.
Ray grew up in the Missouri river farm lands around Wakenda. During the school year he attended school in Carrollton, Missouri while staying with family. After finishing high school in 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served in the Pacific Theater during World War II on the ATR 81.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to central Missouri for a while, but had little desire to stay on the farm. After an exploratory move to St Louis, he moved to Falls City, Nebraska at the suggestion of a family friend, where he was hired as a fireman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. During his time in Falls City, he also worked as a carpenter and learned construction trades. It was there he met and fell in love with Marceline Miller, a telegraph operator for the Burlington Railroad. They were married on September 18, 1949. Through the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, he and Marceline raised five children, first in Falls City and then in Parkville, Missouri.
In 1965 Ray began construction on their new home in Parkville Missouri. With the help of Marceline and five children ages 1 to 14 he built the home he and Marceline would live in for nearly 50 years. Throughout his life Ray built several other homes for friends and worked part time building and installing kitchen cabinets, tiling, designing and crafting furniture, and creating many other small wood working items from games to memorial flag boxes.
Ray also loved to travel with Marceline, his family, and friends in a camper he built himself. He and Marceline traveled to all of the states west of the Mississippi River and many of the states east. They visited National Forests and Parks, historic sites and cultural centers. After retirement from the Railroad in July 1985 he and Marceline continued their travels visiting their children and grandchildren.
After his retirement, Ray joined the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 7356. He served at the post from 1989 and became a life member, and as the post commander 1997-1998. On Saturdays he could be found either in the post kitchen preparing breakfast or at the door greeting people as they arrived.
In September 2009 Ray and Marceline celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
He is survived by his five children; Catherine M. Winfrey of Austin, TX, Elizabeth Ann Winfrey of Parkville, MO, Paul G. Winfrey of Nantes, France, James V. Winfrey and wife, Koni of Reno, NV, and Mary Winfrey Brown and husband, Matt of Webster Groves, MO. He was a proud grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of two.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Joe Cisetti as celebrant. A Committal Service with military honors will follow at Resurrection North Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memories of Ray and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com