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Raymond Clarence Masters

It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond Clarence (Ray, Ray-Ho) Masters, of Merriam, KS announces his passing after a hard-fought battle with cancer on Monday, October 2nd, 2017.  Ray passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family. He was 67 years young.

Ray was born on July 6th, 1950 in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission North in 1968 and attended some college.  He met and married Cynthia (Cindy) Simpson in Kansas City, KS on April 17, 1971.  Ray worked as an installer for ADT for 10 years.  In 1978, Ray and his brother Gerald opened Merriam Hardware in Merriam, KS and in 1984, Ray became the sole owner.  He was actively involved in the Travelers Protective Association (TPA) and many other charities and organizations. A few of his favorite pastimes were bowling, BBQ, and beer, which led to the birth of his competitive BBQ team F.O.M.S.B.

Ray is survived by his loving wife Cindy of 46 years; children; Carrie Cunningham (Brad), Michele Spiezio (Mark), Leslie Fong (Alex), Raymond Craig Masters (Stephanie), Trish Bray (Eugene); 10 grandchildren, and his faithful companion Grayson; his brothers and sisters, Clarence Masters (Rosa) of Augusta, Georgia, John Eldon Masters (Judy) of Merriam, Kansas, Jean Ann Pattimore (John) of Spring Hill, Kansas, Terry Masters (Celeste) of Overland Park, Kansas, Gerald Masters (Marsha) of Merriam, Kansas, Wilma Schwermer (Mike) of Paola, Kansas; many nieces and nephews and an innumerable (seriously… innumerable) amount of friends.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents John Masters and Wilhelmina Altenhoffen Masters, and brother, Robert Masters. 

The family will receive visitors for a celebration of life at Old Town Shawnee, 11600 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203 on Friday, October 6th, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm.

A mass will be held at 10:00am Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, 2646 S 34th Street, Kansas City, KS 66106. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Ray Masters’ name:  https://www.kchospice.org/donate-now/

Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Wednesday, Oct. 4th 2017 | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Raymond Clarence Masters”

  1. Roxann & Dave Juric Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and wish we could have gotten back to see your family more often. Good neighbors are hatd to come by. We think of your family often.

  2. Cynthia O'Donnell thomas Says:

    I am so truly sorry for your loss. Ray was a great man and will be missed by many. Thanks for all the great memories of bbq, beer and fun

  3. Farmer & Wife Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends.
    Ray will be greatly missed.

  4. Barb Soetaert-Rasnic Says:

    To the Masters family and friends, it just won’t be the same not seeing Ray ‘s truck roll down the street or smell that wonderful BBQ coming from your driveway. I will treasure Ray’s friendship for the last 20+ years and the names we would call each other in passing. What a wonderful man to know and love. To know that he is no longer fighting a battle is good enough for me to wait to see him again in Heaven. I wish you all peace in his passing and the strength to get through this time.

  5. Joyce Eisman Caffey Says:

    So sorry for your loss Cindy. Ray was a good man. Hugs and prayers to you and the family. RIP Ray.

  6. Fatout family Says:

    Rick, Troy & family would like to express our condolences to your family. It was always fun competing with Ray at the Shawnee BBQ.

  7. Gary Pearman Says:

    I knew Ray since high school. I last saw him at a bowling tournament in Springfield a few years back. So sorry to see has passed. Farewell old friend.

  8. Russ Sifers Says:

    When I looked at setting up the new VALOMILK Candy factory in Merriam I looked for a real hardware store. I found it the first time I walked in there in 1987 and met Ray and Cindy. This is a big loss for me, our VALOMILK Candy company and the City of Merriam.

    I miss you Ray.


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