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“Dear JoAnn and family, So very sorry to learn of Ray's death. He is definitely with his Lord but will be missed by all. We will keep you in our...Read More »
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“I will surely miss Ray! Besides working with him at Western Electric under Ed Setmeyer, I use to see and chat with him at the Dreyer locations. ...Read More »
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“my thoughts are with you Joann he will be greatly missed ”
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“Jo Ann and family - was so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
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Ray Allen Watkins of Aurora, Illinois, passed from this earth Monday, October 26, 2009, at the age of 84 to go to his true home with Jesus in heaven.

Ray was born April 6, 1925, in Danville, Illinois, to Harry and India Watkins. After graduating from Danville High School, he served during WWII with the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific. He is a graduate of Rose Poly Technical in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a degree in engineering.

He married Jo Ann Beyer on February 20, l948, in Danville, Illinois. They moved to Aurora in 1953 when Ray took a job with Pines Engineering, as a mechanical design engineer. He later took a job with Western Electric in Montgomery, Illinois, transferring to the AT & T location in Lisle, Illinois, which he retired from in 1990. He also taught drafting part time at Aurora College and Waubonsee Community College.

Ray committed his life to Christ in his early twenties and led a life of giving and volunteering. He was a tutor for the school districts of Joliet and Channahon as well as Waubonsee Community College's adult and family program. He worked with God's Gym program at lst Presbyterian Church, was a Helping Hand at Dreyer Medical Clinic, and was a long time, active member of Gideons International. He served on various boards at church, sang in the choir, and taught numerous Sunday School classes.

He is survived by his wife of 61years, Jo Ann, eight children and their spouses: Warren and Cheri Watkins, Ede and Mike Huff, Paul and Lois Watkins, Patty and John Brewer, Mark and Sharon Watkins, Win and Joe Lombardi, Chris and Ted Johnson, and Matthew and Nancy Watkins; thirty-one grandchildren: Brad, Kurt, and Angie Watkins, Marty, Rob, Jenny, Kit, and Peter Gurry; Amanda, Nicole, and Molly Watkins; Abby, Ben, Audrey, Teddy, Annie, Allie, and Addison Brewer; Justin, Luke, Clint, and Tyler Watkins; Jim and TJ Lombardi; Travis, Mitch, and Sean Johnson; and Bryan, Darryl, Melanie, and Rachel Watkins; and eight great grandchildren: Cole, Madison, Joslyn, Isabelle, and Noah Drietz; Mia Donald; Tiernan Roelofs; and Laurel Gurry.

Though he will be missed by so many family members and many, many friends, we know that he is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If he could request one thing, it would be that every family member, friend or acquaintance would come to also know Jesus Christ as their Savior and meet him in heaven one day.

There will be a memorial service for Ray on November 14th at 11:00 a.m. at 1st Presbyterian Church, 325 East Downer, Aurora, Illinois 60505.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.

Arrangements were finalized under the direction of The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl. Aurora. For further information, please call 630-897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.