Michael L. Ray, 61 of Hudson, Florida, formerly of Bargersville, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.
He was born Jan. 29, 1956, in Birmingham, Alabama to Harold Leland Ray and Janet Lee (Patterson) Ray. He married Diane on June 6, 1981, at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenwood, she survives.
He was a 1974 graduate of Center Grove High School, attended Indiana Central University American Trans Air Aviation Training Academy and received his associated degree in aviation maintenance technology. He was a senior aircraft mechanic for Omni Air International of Tulsa, Oklahoma since 2008.
He previously had been employed by American Trans Air in Indianapolis from 1994 to 2008 and owned and operated Snap On Tools for seven years. He was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greenwood, a member of the National Hot Rod Association and member of the Road Agents Hot Rod Club. He enjoyed traveling and spending time by the beach and on the water, fishing, boating and being a private pilot at the Franklin Flying Field. He had worked and visited 137 different countries in his lifetime.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Ray of Hudson, Florida; daughter, Allyson Halilic (Hakija) of New Port Richey, Florida; a son, Aaron Ray (Jessica Radke) of Shady Hills, Florida, a grandson, Aldin Michael Halilic and expecting a second grandchild in December 2017; his parents, Harold Leland Ray and Janet Lee (Patterson) Ray of Greenwood; a sister, Lesa Fritz (Mac) of Scottsdale, Arizona and a nephew, Cory Mascari.
Daphna Tobey will conduct a memorial service at 3 p.m. today at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Appendix Cancer Research at acpmp.org.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at swartzmortuary.com.