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Ray Childers

Ray Childers

Cecil Ray Childers, of Grass Valley, passed away June 15, 2013. He was 93.

Memorial services will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 South Church St. in Grass Valley.

Ray was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Energy, Ill., to Jessie Lee and Mary Ellen Childers. He graduated from Energy High School in 1936. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. On July 28, 1958, he married the love of his life, Heather, in Vancouver, Canada.

He was the manager of the Standard Oil gas station which was on the corner of Main and South Auburn streets. He then went on to manage the Hills Flat Chevron Station. Later, he worked as a maintenance mechanic for the California Highway Patrol.

He was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Grass Valley Masonic Lodge Madison #23 and the American Legion. He enjoyed clock repair and league bowling.

He is survived by his wife Heather C. Childers of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law Douglas Hume and Nadine McCrea of Armidale, Australia; daughter and son-in-law Meg and Larry Luken of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ralph and Babe Childers; and sister, Ruby Rushing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Capital Campaign Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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