Kenneth Ray Truitt

K. Ray Truitt, 67, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away June 17, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House with his wife, Vickie and Sounder The Beagle at his side. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm, Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 6837 Nieman Road, Shawnee, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the KC Hospice House or a charity of your choice.

Ray was born February 21, 1945 in Summerfield, North Carolina to Marvin and Edna Sheffield Truitt. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, class of 1970. He received a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering-Health System Design in 1985 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a national Science Foundation Scholar. Ray worked in management positions at the University of Missouri Medical Center, the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and was the Vice President for Planning & Marketing at Bethany Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Ray was the owner of Truitt Supply, an industrial supply company until his retirement in 2009. He was the past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers/Health Services Division, was a member of the Hospital Information Management Systems Society, the Society of Hospital Planning and Marketing and the American Marketing Association. Ray was also a member of the Advisory Planning Committee of the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City, KS and he served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Lake Quivira, KS.

Ray was an avid golfer and was the Match Play Club Champion at Lake Quivira Country Club. He was a passionate genealogist for his family, neighbors and friends in North Carolina and Virginia. His other hobby was financial investments. He shared Vickie’s love of nature and wildlife conservation.

Ray is survived by his wife Vickie Mize Truitt, a former Shawnee City Council Member and Johnson County Park Commissioner, his daughter Paige Slaughter, Indianapolis, Indiana, daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Don Cresswell, Shoshone, Idaho, granddaughters; Lindsey, Anna, Beki and Mary Grace Slaughter and Hannah Cresswell; grandson Ryan Cresswell, his brother and sister-in-law Penn and Lillian Truitt, Greensboro, North Carolina, niece Leslie Powell, nephews Ken and Mark Truitt and his dog, Sounder The Beagle.


  1. Charles Hayes (childhood buddy from Summerfield NC) on July 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I was sadden to read of Ray’s passing in the Greensboro News & Record. Ray and I grew up together in Summerfield NC and I have fond memories of running through the woods on his daddy’s farm in the lates 50’s. My prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Charles Hayes, 6952 Summerfield Rd, Summerfield, NC 27358 (336)643-4812

  2. Marie Myers Marlowe (daughter of Bessie Sheffield Myers) on July 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    You don’t know me & I did not know Ray well. My grandfather,Charlie Sheffield, was Ray’s mother’s brother, according to info I have rec’d. I do remember seeing Ray once when we were children. Thank you for putting this in the Danville paper. You have my sincerest sympathy. I wish I had known him better. I lost my dear husband 20 months ago after 40 years together. I can certainly feel your loss. Hold tight to the memories…life goes on, just very differently…you will be fine. It does get better with time. Sincerely, Marie Marlowe, 143 Northmont Blvd, Danville, VA 24540, (434) 250-6861

  3. Sally and John Rynard on July 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    We were very sadden to hear of Ray’s death. Remember fond memories of his work at Bethany Medical Center. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vickie and the rest of the family.

    Most Sincerely,
    John and Sally Rynard

  4. John E. Truitt on July 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Though I regret we never could figure out our family connection, I appreciated the many ways and avenues Ray was able to help me with as I began my own genealogical search of the family. Ray left a true legacy for the Truitt family on, which all future researchers will be grateful for.

  5. Charlie Church on July 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I am sad to hear of the Ray’s death. I have very fond memories of him as one of my very best students and as one I knew as a friend. His death is a great loss in many ways.

    I know mere words are inadequate; I’ll wish the very best to his family.

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