Billy Milton Ray


Billy Milton Ray, 93, of Fredericksburg, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services and interment were held Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with the Rev. Nathan C. Aviles officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home.

Ray was born March 1, 1920, in Shreveport, La., the son of Bedford Forrest Ray and Johnie Pearl Burke Ray. He married Elizabeth Wilson. They later divorced.

He then married Ann (Jane) Buckwalter Dancy. They were married for 40 years until her death in 2005.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Ray received his master of science degree from the University of Pittsburg where he also taught for three years.

Ray spent his career in engineering, including seven years managing a nuclear weapons test program at the Naval Ammunition Depot in Lualualei, Hawaii.

He also spent 12 years at the Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., also in nuclear weapons testing. 

Survivors include one son, David M. Ray of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Judith D. Keener of Lithia Springs, Ga.;  and four step-daughters, including Margaret (Peggy) Dancy,  a missionary in Mozambique, Africa; Susan Unthank, Albuquerque, N.M.; Connie Fitzgerald, Gilbert, Ariz., and Sally Vanek.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

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