Born: 8/19/1940 Died: 7/17/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a
Walter Raymond (Ray) Smith Jr. of Valley Center, Kan., passed away on July 17, 2011, in Wichita, Kan. He was born Aug. 19, 1940, in Madill to Walter (Sr.) and Grace (Williams) Smith. He is the grandson of Nancy Lily Neal Smith, an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation. Raymond attended public schools in Oklahoma City and Moore, graduating from Moore High School in 1958. He graduated from Oklahoma University in 1964 with a degree in Aero-Space Engineering. He then moved to Wichita where he was employed by Boeing Aircraft and Beech Aircraft. He retired from Boeing in 2003. Raymond was a member of the Valley Center Lions Club and the Sunflower Woodworking Guild. He enjoyed gardening and beekeeping. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Lorrie Smith of Valley Center, and sister Beverly Morris of Fischer, Texas.