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David Ray 10/24/2019

David Ray 10/24/2019

David Charles Ray, age 91, formerly of New Richmond, passed away at his home in Hudson on October 24, 2019. David was born on March 30, 1928, to Harry and Elizabeth Ray of Warren Township. He graduated from Roberts High School. On October 27, 1948, David married Donna Lewis at the Roberts Congregational Church, where they have remained faithful members. David served on virtually every church board at some point in his life, as had his father before him. He also followed suit in farm cooperative service, with decades on the boards of the Burkhardt Co-op and Farmers Union Co-op.  David revered his parents and was proud to carry on their legacy of church, community service, family, and farming. David and Donna raised their five children in the very farmhouse where he was born.
In retirement, David replaced Holstein cows with a few donkeys, which satisfied his dual needs for animals and entertainment. (A fun-loving man with a donkey was in surprising demand for special events, and he always had a good story to tell.)  Even the donkeys had to go when David and Donna moved to New Richmond in 2010, but he found other activities and appreciated good friends. Recently David and Donna moved to Woodland Hill in Hudson. David’s family is grateful to the staff of Woodland Hills and Lakeview Hospice for their care and compassion in David’s final days.
David was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard and Darrell; and sister, Barbara. He is survived by Donna, his wife of almost 71 years; children Linda (Dean) Henderson of Hudson; Norma (Wayne) Revels of River Falls; Rodney (Tammy) Ray of Clear Lake; Roger (Laurene) Ray of New Richmond; Brenda Poulin of Hudson; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11:00am at Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ (1001 Birch Drive) in Roberts, WI. Visitation was Tuesday, October 29 from 4:00-7:00pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S. Knowles Ave) in New Richmond and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Warren Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be designated to Roberts UCC. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Ray & Janet Francis Posted October 25, 2019 7:53 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this my heart goes out to you guys you were always really good neighbors

    • Brenda Poulin Posted October 26, 2019 9:20 pm

      Ray and Janet, thank you for your post. Seems like those neighbors were always there for each other. I hope you and your family felt it too. Blessings to you, Brenda

  • Emily and Jim Ray Posted October 25, 2019 11:07 pm

    I’m glad I hade a chance to meet and hug him when he is still with us in this beautiful world. LOVE YOU UNCLE DAVID!!

  • Arvilla Hicks Posted October 25, 2019 11:50 pm

    So sorry Norma and family. I always enjoyed the Mom and Dad stories. Great memories.

  • Eric and Carrie Fisher Posted October 26, 2019 12:13 am

    Our deepest condolences. Dave was always our Sunday highlight. Hugs to all.

    • Brenda Poulin Posted October 26, 2019 9:22 pm

      There’s some shenanigans going on somewhere else now

  • Missy Reed (Cowles) Posted October 26, 2019 2:52 am

    My condolences to Donna and the whole family!!

  • Linda Marie Lakosky-Eng and Family Posted October 26, 2019 2:04 pm

    Prayers for your family during this difficult time. Peace and love.

    • Mike Skaletski Posted October 27, 2019 5:02 am

      I’m sorry to hear about Mr Rays passing. I was able to reconnect with Mr and Mrs Ray after 47 years in 2017 and really enjoyed the short visits I had with them the past few years. Always enjoyed the stories. Will miss Him.

  • Mary G Posted October 27, 2019 10:06 pm

    so sorry for all the family–now my church auction bill won’t be so much!! He loved charging his stuff to me.

  • Karen Garden Posted October 28, 2019 1:31 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for you and your family. David was a kindhearted man.

  • Linda Reuvers Posted October 30, 2019 8:43 pm

    He and Donna lived on Meadowlark Lane for a short time, but were wonderful neighbors. Saw him out walking every day. He always had a friendly smile and wave. And if you took the time to listen, he had stories to tell. May his memories comfort his family in the months ahead.

  • Amy Factor (Murphy) Posted October 31, 2019 12:41 am

    Love and prayers to your entire family. I was so delighted when Dave snd Donna attended Mom’s 90th birthday last year. Lifelong friends.

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