Ray Henry James
1936 ~ 2012

Ray Henry James, age 76, died peacefully on December 12, 2012, in American Fork, Utah.

He was born in Vernon, Texas, on April 20, 1936, the youngest of four children of Jimmy Jack James and Juanita Inez Parks.

He enlisted in the Marine Corp and was stationed in Korea, where he served from 1953 to 1956. He attended Eastern Montana College in Billings, Montana, from 1961 to 1965 and studied accounting and previously attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

He married Glenna Stahle on August 1, 1964, and they were sealed in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple on July 1, 1967. During the course of their marriage they have lived in Billings, Montana; Casper, Wyoming; Sterling, Colorado (14 years); and Miles City, Montana (24 years). Five years ago, they moved to Utah to be near their children.

Ray was an accomplished athlete, competing in football, baseball, and track in high school as well as football at Midwestern University. He was a successful leader in business and worked as the controller for Sonnenberg and Sons and Hurst Construction in Sterling, Colorado, and for 21 years as the controller and officer at E. H. Oftedal and Sons in Miles City, Montana, where he worked until he retired.

He was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many positions in the church, including as the first and second counselor in the bishopric, ward financial clerk, high priests group leader, and as a temple worker in the Billings Temple.

Ray is survived by his six children—Michael James (Nancy) of Springville, Utah; Heidi Price (Lee) of Draper, Utah; Chris James (Heidi) of Lehi, Utah; Kathy Price (Jason) of American Fork, Utah; Ray Allan James of Wichita Falls, Texas; and Randy James (Donna) of Burleson, Texas—by eleven grandchildren; and by his sister, Ava Lou Haralson of Dallas, Texas. An infant son, Richard, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 17, 11:00 a.m., at the Thanksgiving Village Ward meetinghouse, 3679 North Bluegrass Boulevard, Lehi, Utah (north of Thanksgiving Point). A viewing will begin that morning at 10:00 a.m. (Flowers may be sent to Warenski Funeral home, 1776 N 900 E, American Fork, Utah.) Burial will take place in Lovell, Wyoming, on Thursday, December 20, preceded by a short memorial service at 10:00 a.m. at Haskell’s Funeral Home.

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