Raymond L. “Ray” Willig, 72, passed away on August 22, 2007 of pancreatic and liver cancer in Houston, Texas. Ray was born in Elm Mott, Texas on August 8, 1935 to Theodore and Ella Willig.
Upon graduation from La Vega High School in Bellmead, Texas, he moved to the Dallas area where he met and married Patsy Ann Gunn on September 17, 1955. For 8 years, Ray worked as a civilian for the Texas Air National Guard, fulfilling his military obligation. He attended Arlington State College during this time to further his education. He went to work for Chevrolet Motor Division in Dallas and was transferred to Houston with his family in 1965. After working for GM for 11 years, he went to work for Buckalew Chevrolet as General Manager. During this time, he was very active in the Embassy Club of the Chamber of Commerce, the Conroe Noon Lions Club and the Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo. After working for Buckalew Chevrolet for 5 years, he went to work as General Sales Manager for Travel Quest, Inc. in Crockett for 10 years, then for Regency Conversions as Regional Sales Manager for 17 years.
Ray’s integrity, kindness, fair mind and work ethic were evident throughout his life, and gained him respect by all. Ray had a passion for golf and travel, but his greatest passion of all was his family and friends. They were the beneficiaries of his warm heart, caring soul and sense of humor.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 51 years, Patsy Willig; his children, Renee Brenner and husband Mike and Randy Willlig and wife Tamara; grandchildren, Justin, Ryan, Michael Jr., Misty, Andrea and Aaron; numerous great grandchildren; sister, Anita Dewey; sister-in-law, Eddie Beard; and many loving nieces and nephews. Also, we would like to acknowledge all his golf buddies from Conroe Country Club and many other wonderful friends, especially, Tommy and Shirley McCollum and family who have been close friends for 30 years, Don and Millie Ragsdale and many other friends too numerous to mention.
Pallbearers will be Tommy McCollum, Dean Belt, Stan Dorsett, C. L. McGill, Andy Walker, Morris Coker and Don Ragsdale. Honorary pallbearers are Ken Lynch, Don Fullen, Bill Thigpen, Bill Wilson and Jeff Peters.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 10 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Brother David Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 24, 2007 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in his name to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (pancreatic cancer division), P.O. Box 297153, Houston, TX 77297.