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Douglas Ray

d. September 25, 2014

Douglas Ray, age 40, of New Berlin, passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

He was born on April 5, 1974 to Bruce and Norma (Pierce) Ray. He married Jaimee Mansfield on September 18, 1999.

He is survived by his soul mate and best friend Jaimee, his parents Bruce and Norma Ray, Brothers Jeffery and Michael (Tina Barnett); sisters Diana (Keith) Solum all of Wisconsin and Janet (Robert) Hammond of Ohio; nieces Amanda Slaney, Deanna (Lance) Sittig, Justine and Andrea Hammond, Kristen Nieslawski and Ashlyn Mansfield; nephew Justin Slaney; great-nieces Meiah and Areyanah Sittig and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He will also be missed terribly by his in laws Jim and Kathy Mansfield and brother-in-law Bain (Tina) Mansfield.

Next to Jaimee and his family, his greatest joys were his pets, Cooper, Scooter, and Jethro. He loved nothing more than to be on a tractor or hunting, other than maybe having a good story to tell.

Doug worked for Arends Awe Implement Company in Riggston, IL as a mechanic.

He was loved and admired by many and will be missed beyond words.

Memorial services will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 4:30. .

Rev. Brooks Wilson will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Parkinson’s Foundation.


  1. “Do not stand at my grave and weep.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. (Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die!”

    Mary Frye (1932)

    “Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am the song that will never end. I am the love of family and friend. I am the child who has come to rest In the arms of the Father who knows him best.

    When you see the sunset fair, I am the scented evening air. I am the joy of a task well done. I am the glow of the setting sun.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. (Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die!”

    Wilbur Skeels (1996)

    Dear Jaimee and family

    I know that no-one can understand why Douglas had to die. But remember he will live with you forever: in your heart, in your memories and in your daily future life.

    He will never be forgotten nor will his memory die.

    Jaimee, you and your family, have my sincerest sympathy love from your “sister” Jeanette with Nina and Marcel Niggemeyer

    Zurich-Switzerland, September 28th, 2014

  2. Jaimie: I was so sorry to hear about your husband. I know there are no words to make this all better but as time goes on you will the pain will not feel so heavy. You have all your memories to hold close to your heart.

    Mary Cullen

  3. I was so sad to hear about Doug’s passing, my family and I are keeping you all in or thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you all.

    Lisa Pierce-Torres Flint, MI

  4. Jaime we send our deepest condolences. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  5. To the Family of Douglas Ray,

    I am sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. May you find comfort in knowing that God will soon remove all sickness and death. Isaiah 33:24 states that no resident will say I am sick and Isaiah 25:8 states that God will swallow up death forever. To find out more about God’s promises for the future, please visit

  6. Jaimee and family:

    We are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. A candle is burning at Cathedral for all of you. We hope that your love, memories, and faith will help you at this time.

    Jeanette and family

  7. Jaimee – I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine. Please know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers! I wish I could just give you a hug right now or we could sit and talk about silly stuff. I’m thinking of you, my dear friend. Time may have kept us apart, but I’ve always felt a close connection to you. Much love – Heather

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