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Michael E. Ray

April 14, 1930 ~ December 10, 2018 (age 88)


Pastor Michael Ray, 88, went home to be with the Lord December 10, 2018.  He was born in Keyser, West Virginia. After high school, Michael proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was a 1958 graduate of Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota.   He went on to serve as Assistant Pastor in Toledo for eight years.  He was a Founding Pastor in Sandusky for seven years, as well as Pastor in Akron for 25 years. Michael Ray also served as the editor of Ohio Apostolic News for many years and was the dean of the Ohio District Campground for children, teens and young adults in Buckeye Lake.


Michael was preceded in death by the love of his life of 57 years, wife, Marian J. (nee Stiles), who passed away on January 17, 2010.  He is survived by daughter, Sonja Ray; son, Nathan Ray; grandchildren, Heidi, Amber, Michael J. and Madison; sister, Betty Dewitt; brothers, James and Jack Ray; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.  


A very special thank you to the nurses, caregivers, staff, and volunteers at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living Facility.  You loved and cared for our father and grandfather right up until the very end and your kindness, devotion, dedication, professionalism, and attention to his needs will never be forgotten. Thank you also to the staff of Harbor Light Hospice for your love and attention to Pastor Ray in his final moments.  Finally, a thank you to Schermesser Funeral Home for all your kindness and assistance.  God bless you all.


Thank you Bro. and Sis. Ray for giving to the Lord, we are all so glad you gave.


Per the wishes of Pastor Ray, a private burial took place next to his beloved Marian at East Liberty Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made in his name to Calvary Bible Holiness Church, 2024 Jacoby Road, Copley, Ohio 44321. To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at


(330) 899-9107

Donations may be made to:

Calvary Bible Holiness Church
2024 Jacoby Road, Copley OH 44321

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