Greensburg- Louis “Ray” Allison, 86, died June 21, 2014 at the South Wind Hospice House, Pratt, Kansas. He was born January 30, 1928 in rural Payne County, Oklahoma, the son of Tolbert W. and Cora E. (Downey) Allison. Ray lived in Payne County, Oklahoma, Hutchinson, Copeland and Greensburg, Kansas since 1967. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1946 and served in the U. S. Army from 1948-1951 with Occupational Forces in Germany and three years following in Active Reserves. Ray was the manager of Farmers Grain Supply, Greensburg, for several years and later was an owner/operator as an Independent Trucker hauling grain. He was a member of the Optimist Club and the Pratt Saddle Club, both of Pratt and the Greensburg Lions Club and attended the Greensburg Mennonite Church. On June 3, 1951 Ray married Avanel E. Hardwick in Hutchinson. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter Sharon (Allison) Schmidt, Greensburg and daughter-in-law Debbie Allison, Greensburg, four sisters LaVeta Garner, Mae Smith, Marie and husband Jim Hawkins, and Nell and husband Cecil Bush, five Grandchildren Morgan (Jateice) Vieux, Alana (Scott) Barkley, Allison (Jason) Emley, Lane Allison and Taylor Schmidt, five Great-grandchildren Ryker, Bo, Claire, Aveta, and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Alan Ray Allison, three brothers Robert, Lester and Otes, and two sisters Vera Pritchett and LaVina Bradford. Funeral service and celebration of Ray’s life will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014 in the Greensburg Mennonite Church, Greensburg, with Jeffrey D. Blackburn officiating. A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fleener Funeral Home, Greensburg. Memorials are suggested to South Wind Hospice House, Pratt, in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main St., Greensburg, Kansas, 67054.
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