OBITUARY: Lyonel (Ray) Young

Lyonel (Ray) Young, 90 years old, of Nixa, Mo., died Sept. 29, 2021, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo. Ray was born Aug. 11, 1931, in Rose Hill, Kan., to Austin and Clara Young.

He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; daughter, Rae Ann (Randy) Kingsley of Cape Fair, Mo.; brother, James Young of Ariz.; grandson, Jason of Hutchinson; and great-granddaughters, Olivia Kingsley of Cape Fair, Mo., and Madison Grimes of Wichita, Kan.

He was preceded in death by both parents; sisters, Virgie Young and Norma Lee Hall; daughter, Diana Young; and grandson, Chad Kingsley.

Ray graduated from Winfield High School and joined the Navy in 1950 from which he retired in 1971 and moved his family back to Rose Hill, Kan. Ray was a graduate of Wichita State University, obtaining a Master of Education Administration degree. He worked for the Kansas Department of Revenue until 1996. He was a member of the Butler County Volunteer Fire Department, during which he became a certified EMT. Ray had a lifelong devotion to God and was a member of many Baptist churches throughout his life. Ray was very active with the Mason’s, becoming a Master Mason along with membership with the Royal Arch Masons and is an Endowed member of the Wichita Consistory, Scottish Rite Masons and the Newton Lodge #142, AF&AM

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Friend’s Church in Rose Hill, Kan., with internment following at the Rose Hill Friends Cemetery with Navy Honors at the graveside committal services.

Memorials to the Kansas Masonic Oncology Research Center, at the KU Medical Center, in care of the Petersen Family Funeral Home, Newton, Kan.

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