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Friday, May 21, 2021

Obituary - Ray Mager

Raymond Lee “Ray” Mager, 68, died Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, Missouri. He was born July 8, 1952 in Caldwell, Idaho, the son of Clarence Joseph and Mildred Ellen (Helton) Mager.

Growing up in Idaho provided Ray with memorable childhood experiences, including a successful newspaper route at 12 years old that earned him top paperboy honors for two years and an award trip to Seattle, Washington. He enjoyed retelling amusing tales of his boyhood with his brothers in Idaho and never lost his love for the state.

In 1969 the family moved to Butler, Missouri where Ray graduated from Butler High School. He then attended Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri. He learned the building trade from his father which led to his 43-year career as Sales Manager for various lumber companies in Kansas and Missouri. During his career, he was a member of Jackson County Builders Association.

On September 2, 1979 Ray married Patricia McDaniel Reinig in Topeka, Kansas. They moved to Independence, Missouri in 1980, then built their home in Blue Springs in 1986. Ray was a member of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs.

Ray never met a stranger. His admiration for the people he met often inspired his interest in a variety of hobbies including fishing, bicycling, sailing, playing the ukulele, bonsai trees, and woodworking. He also enjoyed capturing life through photography.

Ray is survived by his wife Patricia Lea, Blue Springs, Missouri; their daughter, Merrick Rae Aversman and husband Aaron Lee, Mission Hills, Kansas; three grandchildren, Eleanor Tate, Heinrich “Henry” Louis, and Greta Rae Aversman. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Floyd Lawrence and Robert Dale, and a grandson Everett Jack Aversman.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015, followed by inurnment at the church columbarium. Due to Jackson County COVID-19 regulations, masks are to be worn inside during all services. Memorial contributions in Ray’s name are suggested to First United Methodist Church Youth Mission Trips. Memories of Ray and words of comfort for his family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.