July 31, 2003

(3/26/1957 - 7/24/2003)

Ray D. Hillyer, 46, of Warsaw, MO, died Thursday morning, July 24, 2003, at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

He was born on March 26, 1957, in Macomb, IL, to Dale and Blanche (Weaver) Hillyer.

Ray was united in love and later in marriage to Phyllis J. Craig on April 2, 1984. She survives.

He was employed at Clow Valve in Oskaloosa, IA.

Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing canasta and horseshoes. He loved building things - welding and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Dustin; three brothers: Randy, Rex, and Greg; a half-sister; nine stepchildren: Beth, Rebecca, Barbara, Paulette, Chris, Ray, Loretta, Teri, and Cindi; numerous step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the Friendship Cemetery near Crawford, MO. Words of comfort were offered by Fritz Gerth.

Memorials were suggested to the family and can be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Arrangements were handled by Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the Hillyer family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

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