September 27, 1934 ~ July 27, 2020

Born in: Georges Run, OH
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

John “Jack” William Ray, 85, of Owensboro, Kentucky passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky at the Heartford House. He was born in Georges Run, Ohio on September 27, 1934 to Joseph William and Jessie Marie Moskus Ray. Jack was retired from Green River Steel Mill where he worked as a Rolling Mill Supervisor and Screw Down Operator for 33 years. He also retired from Yager Materials after more than 22 years of service. He was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves having served 8 years.

Jack was a member of Aerie Lodge 4168, Masonic Lodge, the American Veteran’s Post 75, of Owensboro, Kentucky, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was also a member of the Owensboro Rifle & Pistol Club. Jack was a master, expert, and sharp shooter. He received many achievements in that field as well as being the second top master and expert sharp shooter in the State of Kentucky. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and NASCAR.

Along with his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Taylor Ray.

Jack is survived by his children, Cheryl Halstead of Reno, Nevada, Michael (Kattie) Ray, and Alisa (Frankie) Harper, both of Owensboro; and his grandchildren, Jennifer Halstead, Taylor Harper, Krystal Ray, Kaitlyn Geddes, Hannah Cecil, and Lydia Harper; and his great-grandchildren, Emma and Ava Geddes.

Services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, with Reverend Franklin Skaggs officiating. Burial will follow at Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:30 am until time of service at Wednesday at the funeral home. All those who wish to honor and remember Mr. Ray in person at the visitation or service are encouraged to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Ray. Share your messages of condolence with the family of John “Jack” William Ray and sign his virtual guest book by going to


Visitation: July 29, 2020 10:30 am - July 29, 2020 2:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: July 29, 2020 2:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Burial Service:

Owensboro Memorial Gardens
5050 Kentucky Highway 144
Owensboro, KY 42303

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  1. I would like to express my condolence for the passing of Jack, I worked with Jack many years, was kind and gentle and was one of a kind

  2. Jack and I turned back a few in the day. He was always so cheerful and friendly. RIP old friend. Condolences to family.

  3. Alisa we are so sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family are in our prayers!
    Mike & Donna

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