Ray was a highly decorated combat Vietnam Veteran and Cobra Pilot, serving in the United States Army in Vietnam, the Illinois National Guard Reserves, and served a short stent in the Marines. He was retired from the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency, St. Louis, MO. Ray also volunteered for various veterans’ groups in the St. Louis Metro area, was a member of the American Legion, Waynesville, IL, and the St. Louis Area Veteran’s Consortium.
He was preceded in death by his one son, Shane Fish of Pontiac, IL; his parents, Paul and Naomi, nee Vail, Fish, of Waynesville, IL; and a brother, Lee Fish of Ohio.
Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Teresa A., nee Craddock, Fish;
his children, Robert (Clinton) Miller of Belleville, IL, Brenda (Bryan) Babb of Belleville, IL, and Michael (Amy) Miller of Russellville, MO;
three sisters, Dolores “Dorrie” Thomas of Divernon, IL, Diane Fish of Atlanta, IL, and Donna (Doug) Fish-Deluhery of Springfield IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.
Burial with military honors will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.