William “Bill” K. Wray

Graveside services for William “Bill” K. Wray, 70, Lawrence will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. He passed away May 20, 2015 at his home.

Bill was born December 7, 1944 in Winchester, KS the son of James Perry and Velma (Orr) Wray.

He served his country in the United States Navy.

He was a union carpenter and a maintenance carpenter for the University of Kansas.

He married Jane Miracle. They later divorced.

Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Wray; three grandchildren, Sam Mayo, Cruz Chino, Layla Chino; and one sister, Carole Frederick.

The family will greet friends on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.



5 Condolences

  1. Laurie Marlowe on May 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Bill was a wonderful neighbor for the past 22 years. Over the years he helped me several times with my cranky lawn mower, and got it to work! He loved to work on home improvement projects, and enjoyed his rose bush. He told me once his mother had roses like the one he had. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Laurie Marlowe

  2. Dennis Supancic on May 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    To the family of Billy, Time really flies……….. it saddens me, backing up 40 plus years. Billy had some awesome muscle cars, along with a 32 Ford Coupe. I ran around with Billy then, and we had a lot of fun, fun, fun. Other friends of Billy have passed as well. We all change as we grow up. Marriage, family, etc. and “not keeping in touch with each other” as the years go by, and then………..! Billy was a good person, that will be missed. My prayers and sympathy are out to his family, and to find peace with this difficult loss. Dennis Supancic

  3. Lonnie Kingery on May 27, 2015 at 2:11 am

    God bless Bill Wray.. One of my best friends…It will not be the same knowing he is not here with us.

  4. Rose Nystrom (Curry) on May 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend…there is never an easy time to let go. May God grant you the comfort and peace needed for this painful time.
    Rose Nystrom (Curry), classmate class of ’62

  5. Sheila Ward on May 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Shelly and Family- I have such wonderful memories of Billy. He helped me and my brothers design and build our deck, he and I installed my kitchen floor, and Billy was always around to crack a joke or two and school my husband Alex on how to fix things the correct way. He had the best sense of humor. I spoke with him in March to invite him to a gathering- his response” Thanks for the invite” I said -so you will be coming, and he said- ” Thanks for the invite” I will be staying in my nice comfy home! He had his daily routine and was happy. He was so proud of Shelly and loved the grandkids- he always asked me if I ran into his daughter when Shelly worked at Home Depot! He always answered the phone for advice and challenged me to see who had the best cholesterol count! He was one in a million! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family- take great comfort in knowing he brought a lot of love and laughter to our family, and all he met. God bless you all during this difficult time! I look forward to seeing Billy and sharing a laugh with him in heaven!

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