Ray Fish

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Ray M. Fish, 71, of Belleville, IL, born August 4, 1947, in Decatur, IL, died Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, surrounded by his beloved family.

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;
10 grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren;
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.


8 Comments on Ray Fish

patrick j schommer said : Guest Report May 20, 2019 at 7:06 PM

Teresa: So sorry to hear about Ray, we will be praying for you and family. I remember the great wedding celebration when you two were married at the Rollo- Calcaterra Legion post on the Hill. The party went on til morning. Those were the days.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Lori Rockhold Evans said : Guest Report May 20, 2019 at 9:29 AM

My sympathy Donna. Sounds like he had a blessed life. Prayers for the days ahead, always an emotional time.

  • Clinton
  • Illinois
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 said : Guest Report May 19, 2019 at 3:47 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Kreg Carron said : Guest Report May 19, 2019 at 12:44 PM

One of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around. My heart breaks for Ma Fish and the rest of the family. Truly a one of a kind soul.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gerry Wiegers said : Guest Report May 19, 2019 at 1:35 AM

Teresa, my sincere sympathy The brief time I knew Ray I liked him. It doesn't seem like over 31 years have gone by. I will pray for your time of sadness and loss to be less painful with time. Memories will always be with you

  • Belleville
  • IL
jackie woodruff said : Guest Report May 18, 2019 at 8:14 PM

My deepest regrets for the loss of another honorable veteran. I did not know Ray personally but am friends with Diane also an honorable vet. Thank you Sir for your service.

  • Waynesville
  • ill
Jacque Bourne said : Guest Report May 18, 2019 at 3:04 AM

One of the good guys is gone. His impression on me was one of kindness, genuine and humorous. I hope the multitude of memories are comforting as you face the days, weeks, years ahead. ❤

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Mark Craddock said : Guest Report May 18, 2019 at 1:38 AM

My sister could not have had a better partner in life. I have always had the highest respect for Ray as his integrity is second to none. He will be missed by all that knew him. Rest In Peace buddy, I’m sure you are in good hands now.

  • OFallon
  • MO

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