Lawrence Raymond "Ray" Life, 89, of Parkersburg, passed away Dec. 29, 2012, at Wyngate Assisted Living Home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1923, at Jane Lew, W.Va., a son of the late William Cecil and Malinda Jane Fisher Life.
Ray was a 1942 graduate of PHS and retired from DuPont as a foreman with 33 years of service. Before entering the military, he had worked at the Baltimore Shipyards as a Class A Welder. He had also worked at Villers Motors following his military service. Ray was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II having attained the rank of Sergeant. He entered the service on July 30, 1943, was wounded in action in Belgium, was awarded four Battle Stars, Bronze Arrowhead and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Surviving are three sons, John (Karen) Life, Jim (Mona) Life and Jeff Life, and a daughter, Jenny (Randy) Ware, all of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren, Jessica (Jeremiah) McKenzie, Jane (Jeremy) Myers, James Michael (April) Life, Melissa Life, Alexander Life, Benjamin Life, Ashley Ware and Megan Ware; and three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel and Lilly Life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Lou Carroll Life on Dec. 13 of this year; an infant daughter, Jane Pearl Life; and two brothers, William and Donald Life.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg. Evangelist John Rockhold will officiate and burial will follow at Evergreen South Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will also be Monday beginning at noon.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.kimesfh.com