Our Sincere Sympathy

Ray M. Lee
June 2, 1921 - June 12, 2007
1939 Moss Graduate

     Ray M. Lee passed away at Solara Hospital Shawnee in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at the age of 86 years. Ray was the son of Sam Lee and Ollie (Terry) Lee, born on June 2, 1921, in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He was brought up in the Moss and Horntown communities, and attended Moss Schools, graduating Moss High School in 1939.
     He married Loreta Sherrill at the home of W. C. Upchurch in Horntown, on September 26, 1942. The two of them enjoyed an extended honeymoon of three months, before they were parted by World War II and the United States Army. Rayís military service began in December of 1942, and his new bride did not see him again until April, 1945, thirty-two months later. Ray served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, in the Philippines, and in the Western- Pacific Theater, earning a Purple Heart, three bronze service stars, the rank of Staff Sergeant, and an honorable discharge from the Army at McCloskey General Hospital in Temple, Texas.
     After leaving the Army, Ray began a lifetime career at the Oklahoma Tire & Supply Company in Wewoka, working through two company name changes - Otasco and Coast to Coast - and in three locations, as minority owner in associate stores in Wewoka and Seminole, and also in Pratt, Kansas. He
worked in the Seminole store from 1956 until the early 1970s, and in Pratt for a brief time only, then returned to the Wewoka store, where he worked until his retirement in 1997. Ray & Loreta have made their home in Seminole since 1957.
     Ray was a lifetime member of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). His hobbies and interests were many and varied, and he had a habit of devoting years at a time to one particular activity, so that his family recalls his Ďhobbies by the decadeí- motorcycles in the 1940ís-1950ís, bowling with the Jaycees in the 1950ís-1960ís, pheasant hunting in the 1960ís-1970ís, golf in the 1970ís-1980ís, and a renewed interest in motorcycles through the 1980ís and 1990ís, when he and son Ron especially enjoyed restoring Cushman motor scooters. He had a lifelong love of gardening and lawn work, and always kept an immaculate yard.
     Ray was married to his beloved wife, Loreta, for more than sixty-four years. He was devoted to his family. He was much loved and will be sorely missed.
     Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Sam & Ollie Lee; six brothers: Virgil, Roy, Winford, Willis,
S. L. and Leon; and two sisters, Edith Waldroup and Mildred Cox.
     He is survived by his wife, Loreta, of the home, and his son, Ronald Melton Lee of Houston, Texas; one sister, Willene Moss of Holdenville; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
     Funeral services were held on at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at Lillye Chapel, Fisher Funeral Home in Holdenville, with Patty Prater officiating. Ray was laid to rest in the Holdenville Cemetery, under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.