Raphael James “Ray” Gidley, 90, formerly of Bonne Terre, Mo., passed away April 17, 2014, at Green Tree Assisted Living in Mount Vernon.
He was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Bonne Terre, Mo. Ray attended St. Joseph Parochial School and Bonne Terre High School. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific theatre. Upon discharge he returned to Bonne Terre, Mo., and held various jobs prior to obtaining employment with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. His last assignment was office manager supervisor of the satellite station located in St. Francis County. Ray retired in 1986. He was a very adapt do-it-yourselfer mechanic and builder. He refurbished and flew a World War basic trainer plane and two Model A Fords. He also developed property on the Courtois River where he could enjoy the peaceful outdoors. Travels included motorcycle trips with fellow employees and a RV for trips around the country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Anna (Naeger) Gidley; five brothers, Vernon, Arthur, Leonard, Marvin and Glenwood Gidley; and sister, Johanna Gidley.
Ray is survived by his brother, Larry Gidley and wife Susan of Richmond, Va.; niece and caregiver, Jennifer Gidley; several other nieces and nephews; and best friends, Mike and Doc.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre, Mo.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bonne Terre, Mo., with the Rev. Ted Pieper officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
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