Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Lonnie Frank Ray

Born: 4/6/1920

Died: 11/8/1994

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Lonnie F. Ray, age 74, died at his home in Geronimo, Oklahoma on November 8, 1994 after a long illness. He was born on April 6, 1920 to Winnie (Dodson) Ray and Manuel King Ray in Bokchito, Oklahoma. In 1925 his mother, brother, sister and himself moved to the Lawton area after his father’s death.

Lonnie joined the Army at age 18 in 1938 where he received an honorable discharge in 1952. He was in the Calvary Infantry and Airborne. He received Army Occupation Medal (Japan) the Europeean-Africian-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theater Ribbon.

He married Jean B. Silcock on December 20, 1953 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

After the military he was employed as a neon sign fabricator and erector, until his retirement due to ill-health in 1972. Lonnie was a proud member of the Choctaw tribe, also a life-member of the Geronimo Chapter of the VFW and the DAV.

He is survived by his wife of the home, two daughters, Robin Lee Hinson of Geronimo, and Virginia Neal of Noble, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Lohny Pilkington and Cammie Hinson; three grandsons, Ross Pilkington, Bobby Ledford and Skip Harrison.