Friday, December 19, 2008

Ray D. Lashley

Ray Donald Lashley, 53, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 19, 2008.

A lifetime resident, Ray was born in Racine on September 8, 1955, to Donald and Mildred (nee: Lunow) Lashley. He graduated from Washington Park High School in 1974. On April 6, 1979, he was united in marriage with Kathryn Alison Walker.

With a profound work ethic, Ray began at the young age of 12, working for his family’s business, Lashley Tree Service, which was established nearly 55 years ago. When his father retired, Ray took over the business as owner / operator. Ray was a kind and loving gentleman who was always willing to help someone in need. He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing, camping, and spending time at the cabin in Ferryville, WI. Above all, Ray loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his entire family.

Surviving are his loving wife, Kathy; son, Clint (Nikki Binon) Lashley; daughter, Meghan Lashley; grandchildren, James, Cody, Victoria, Emma and Abagail; mom and dad, Millie and Don Lashley; brothers, Rodney (Deb) Lashley, Dale (Amy) Lashley, Allen (Brenda) Lashley and Phillip (Mary) Lashley; mother-in-law, Janet Walker; father-in-law, F.J. (Gail) Walker; brother-in-law, James Walker; sister-in-law, Patti Gall; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including his feline friend, Beef. Ray was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Walker; and his canine companion, Jack.

Funeral services will be held in Faith Lutheran Church, 8500 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, on Tuesday, December 23, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jeffrey Mortenson officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at Faith Lutheran Church, 8500 Durand Ave., on Monday from 5-7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. In memory of Ray, memorials to his family have been suggested.

A special note of thanks to Mt. Pleasant Rescue and Police; and to the staff of All Saints E.R. for doing everything in their powers in trying to save our beloved Ray. God bless all of you!

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000

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