The Edmond Sun

March 22, 2013

H. Ray Wilson


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EDMOND — H. Ray Wilson, 88, of Edmond, Okla., passed away at home on March 20, 2013.  Ray was born in Paducah, Ky., on May 28, 1924.

He graduated from Classen High School and received both BA and MA degrees from the University of Oklahoma. As a college student, Ray was an active member in the fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, which continued to be an important affiliation of friends and colleagues throughout his life.

A World War II veteran, Ray served in the Pacific and held a lifelong reverence for our men and women in service to the United States of America.

Ray married Penny Houston Wilson on April 18, 1947. Married 65 years, they knew one another for 80 years; they met as children and grew up on the same street. Ray worked in radio broadcasting, later bringing his practical experience to the classroom as a college professor in Journalism. As a  student of history, he brought context and perspective as an educator evidenced by visits from many grateful students years after he retired.

Ray is preceded in death by his mother Nell Cornelison Wilson and his son Robert Ray Wilson.

Ray is survived by his wife Penny Wilson and his daughter Dr. Lynn Wilson of Olympia, Wash.

A family service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 23rd at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given Paralyzed Veterans of America.  The family of Ray Wilson thanks the friends and family who have supported them throughout his life and passing.