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Monday, November 15, 2021

Obituary - Harold Allen Ray

Harold Allen Ray (63) of Belton, Missouri passed away peacefully on November 12, 2021.

Harold was born at the Charleston Naval Base in Charleston, South Carolina on April 23, 1958. The oldest son of Oscar H. & Vader O. Ray. Harold spent the majority of his youth, moving from one Air Force base to the next, experiencing the full life of a son of an Airman. When Harold wasn’t spending his time engaged in sports, you could find him piloting the base’s flight simulator, where he accumulated more simulator time than the 2nd Lieutenants fresh from flight school. It was during this time that his family were first stationed at Richards Gebauer Air Force base and Harold attended Hillcrest and Westover (Gladden) elementary.

In 1972, Harold and his family returned to Belton and attended Belton High School, graduating as member of the Class of 1976. The most profound moment of Harold’s life occurred when he met the love of his life, Penny, during high school. Harold and Penny were united in marriage on December 1st, 1978.

Harold and Penny would soon welcome their first child, Brandon. A few years later, they would welcome their baby girl, Megan, into the world.

Harold was a graduate of Longview Community College where he earned his Associates Degree in Science. He was also a Graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Earth Science. Harold obtained his highest academic achievement, when he earned his Master’s Degree in Biology. UCM also afforded Harold with the opportunity to pursue his true professional passion of teaching, as a faculty member of the Earth Sciences division, as well as, being a paleontology team member on numerous field studies.

While Harold was proud of his professional and academic achievements, his biggest source of pride was his family. Harold’s love and adoration for his wife, children and especially grandchildren, was unwavering and always on display.

Harold was preceded in death by his father and mother. Harold is survived by his wife, Penny Ray; his son Brandon Ray (Jodie) of Hardin, MO; his daughter, Megan Agnor (William) of Greenwood, MO and grandchildren Cayden & Easton Agnor, Liam & Brielle Ray and step-grandchildren Noah, Chloe & Kalel Bowman. His brother Jeff (Jeanine) Ray, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation is scheduled for November 18th, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore, MO. Funeral services are scheduled for November 19, 2021 at 11:00 am also at Cullen Funeral Home with graveside services following immediately after at Belton Cemetery.

Donations can be made to The Shriner’s or St. Jude Hospitals in lieu of flowers.