Obit: Mortimer, Ray (1884 - 1973)
Contact: Steven Lavey
Surnames: Mortimer, Bird, Feldt, Luchterhand, Ratsch, Rowe, Prior, Davis
----Source: Loyal Tribune Record-Gleaner, December 13, 1973.
Ray Mortimer, 89, 506 West South Street, Loyal, died at 2:30 a.m. December 6, at the Clark County Hospital at Owen. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8, at the Rinka Funeral Home, with burial in the York Center Cemetery. Rev. Eugene Carlson officiated. Rinka Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Ray Mortimer was born October 23, 1884 in York Center and attended school at York Center. He was married to the former Mariah Davis on June 30, 1917 at the Methodist Church, Loyal. After his marriage, he farmed for 47 years in the York Center area. In 1963 he retired and moved to the City of Loyal. He was assessor for the Town of York for several years. He is survived by his wife, and one son, Harold, Rock City, Illinois; 2 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Pallbearers were Ernest Bud, Orville Luchterhand, Clarence Ratsch, Donald Free, Cullen Ayer, and Milford Rowe. Mrs. Robert Prior sang "Beautiful Garden of Prayer" and "Beautiful Aisle of Somewhere." Mrs. Ray Feldt was organist.
Bio: Mortimer, Ray (1884 - 1973)
----Source: Greenwood Public Library, original copy owned by Jean Rolstad
Former Ray Mortimer Farm
Ray Mortimer, son of William and Estella Mortimer, was born in York Center, Clark county, Oct. 23, 1884. At an early age, he went to Tacoma Washington, where he was a streetcar conductor for four years. He also worked as a salesman, until his return to Clark county in 1913. On June 30, 1917, he married Mariah Davis, daughter of Solon and Derail Davis. A home was established on a 60-acre tract of land which was part of the Mortimer estate near York Center, Clark County. Twenty acres of this farm was wood lot from which maple syrup was made each spring. The couple lived here for 46 years until they retired and moved to Loyal. One son was born to them, who married Vilma Bird, daughter of Joe and Rose Bird.
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