US Navy

James D. Ray

September 10, 1925 ~ November 5, 2021 (age 96)

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James D. Ray. Born September 10, 1925 in Eldorado, Illinois and passed November 5, 2021. James was 96 when he passed. Cherished husband of 63 years to the late Wanda. Beloved father of Stan (Janice) and Gary (Lauren). Proud papa to 5 and great papa Jim to 10. James served proudly in WWII aboard a Navy destroyer escort the USS Douglas A Munro and was an active member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA). He also traveled and worked on the museum ship USS Slater, a WWII era destroyer escort located in Albany, NY for 22 years with the DESA organization.


Memorial Gathering will be held at

Fred Wood Funeral Home ~ Rice Chapel

36100 Five Mile Rd. Livonia (E. of Levan)

Wednesday ~ Nov. 17, 2021


Service at 12:30pm


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to:

  Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

USS Slater DE-766

P.O. Box 1926

Albany, NY 12201-1926

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Memorial Visitation
November 17, 2021

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

Memorial Service
November 17, 2021

12:30 PM
Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

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