David Crockett Ray

Born: Fri., Apr. 19, 1946
Died: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 14, 2017
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

2:30 PM Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church

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 David Crocket Ray Sr.

April 19, 1946 - August 10, 2017

GRANGER - David Crockett Ray Sr. passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. David was born in South Bend, Indiana on April 19, 1946 to Gordon and Elizabeth (Crockett) Ray. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Charles Crockett Ray.

David grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Redford High School. He earned an A.B. degree in American History from Harvard College in 1968, where he participated in many activities in Dunster House.

David entered the U.S. Navy in 1968. Several years later he was interviewed by ADM Rickover and accepted into the Naval Nuclear Power Program. After graduating from Nuclear Power School he was Machinery Propulsion Assistant and Plank Owner of USS South Carolina (DLGN-37), engineer of USS Bainbridge (CGN-25) and Executive Officer of USS Arkansas (CGN-41). He also served as an instructor at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Surface Nuclear Engineering Consultant at Naval Reactors, and Executive Assistant to RADM Ricketts and RADM Horne.

David's family spent summers in South Bend. He worked as a copy boy and advertising intern at the South Bend Tribune in high school and college.

After retirement from the Navy, David worked for Schurz Communications and the South Bend Tribune. As Special Project Manager he helped oversee design and construction of the South Bend Tribune Press Building as well as the WSBT Building in Mishawaka.

As General Manager of the South Bend Tribune David oversaw the change from an evening to a morning newspaper. As Publisher and Editor, his staff won the prestigious Indiana Blue Ribbon Newspaper Award.

David was very active in the local community. He was President of the Schurz Foundation, past president of the United Way of St. Joseph County Board, past president of The Stanley Clark School Board, a member of the Schurz Communications Board, Madison Hospital Board, the Downtown South Bend Board, Project Future, the St. Joseph High School Building Committee and the Chamber of Commerce.

David is survived by his wife of 32 years, Laura E. Ray, as well as his children, Patrick, David Jr., Christopher and Kathleen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's memory may be made to the Gordon B. Ray Book Fund at the Harvard College Library.

Visitation will be Monday, August 14, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at St. Pius X Church, 52553 Fir Road, Granger, IN. Funeral Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at St. Pius X Church with Msgr. W. Schooler presiding. Burial will follow and military honors will be rendered at Riverview Cemetery, South Bend.

E-Mail condolences may be made at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in David's memory to the following organization:

Gordon B. Ray Book Fund at the Harvard College Library

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William Hicks
   Posted Sun August 13, 2017


With deepest sympathy. From all your friends at the MBA.

Pete Lenzen
   Posted Sun August 13, 2017
I served with David on the USS Bainbridge in the '79-'82 period. This ship had previously completed many demanding deployments, and real world operational requirements had delayed the scheduled repair and upgrade period in Puget Sound. So Bainbridge made two more long deployments to the western Pacific and spent a significant time off the coast of Iran maintaining air superiority and defending the carrier battle group, after the US Embassy hostages were taken ('79). I will always remember his steady leadership during these very difficult times, as we dealt with very challenging engineering and reactor operational issues. His quiet focus and advice was instrumental to me (and others) achieving the confidence of our Commanding Officer, a demanding Rickover protege. He was a mentor to me in many ways. He was one of the very few officers who was a "Nuke", without an engineering degree, he was that intelligent. His technical knowledge of ship systems was unsurpassed. He had a previous assignment as Special Assistant to Admiral Rickover. Many years later, he honored my family by being the guest speaker at my own Navy retirement ceremony in Indianapolis. David was such a cultured and learned man, so knowledgeable in history. He was a great family man, raising such fine kids with Laura. I had the privilege of meeting them several times in recent years. To Laura, and Patrick, David, Christopher, Kathleen: your husband and father was truly a class act, one of the very best people I have had the privilege of knowing, military and civilian life. You are in my family's thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength and wisdom during this difficult time.

John P White
   Posted Mon August 14, 2017
Our sincerest sympathay to the Ray family on the passing of David.

With thoughts and prayers,

The Moorgate Team

John White
   Posted Mon August 14, 2017


With Sympathy, Moorgate Capital Partners

Tim Timmons
   Posted Mon August 14, 2017

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Tim Timmons and family.

Our sincere condolences! Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!

   Posted Mon June 18, 2018
Was on Bainbridge with Mr Ray. Good guy.