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Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:12 PM


Aug. 12, 1939 March 19, 2014




DELPHOS — James E. Dray, 74, of Delphos died at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 12, 1939, in Delphos to Charles Elmer and Mary (Rupert) Dray, who preceded him in death.


He married Freeda Faye (Workman) Dray on Aug. 9, 1958. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2005.


Survivors include two sons, David J. (Patricia) Dray of Ithaca, NY, and Terry J. Dray of Delphos; one daughter, Cheryl Dray of Delphos; three sisters, Caroline Wiechart, Marge Hummer and Romaine Pavel, all of Delphos; a brother, John Dray of Delphos; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian, Rosemary and Charlotte; and four brothers, Harold, Gene, David and Walter Dray.

He was a Law Officer in Delphos in 1968 as a juvenile officer. He also worked at Van Wert County Sheriffs Department, was Chief of Police in Ohio City, then went back to Van Wert County, where he retired. He also worked security for Scot Ladd Foods.

He was in the Army serving in Korea from 1958-61.

He was a member of the Hope Lodge #214, Walnut Grove Cemetery Board, a life member of the VFW #3035 and Van Wert County Sheriffs Auxiliary.

He was an avid fisherman, even doing some charter work on Lake Erie. He also enjoyed golfing. His latest passion was making sure fallen soldiers’ graves were properly marked and would go to great lengths to make sure that happened.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with the Rev. David Howell officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.

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Last Updated on Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:32 PM

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