AUBURN – Virgil V. Ray Jr., 86, formerly of Turner, died early Monday, July 16, at Clover Health Care Facility, with his family by his side.

He was born in Auburn, April 25, 1921, the son of Virgil and Gertrude (Monk) Ray Sr. He attended Auburn schools and was a 1939 graduate of Edward Little High School.

After school he became a dispatcher for the Hemingway Trucking Co. and the Spector Trucking Co. until his retirement. He was very active with the Auburn Suburban Little League as a coach for many years, as well as a volunteer for the the Auburn Middle School girls’ softball team.

He was a longtime member of Prospect Hill Golf Course and for many years served on the National Ski Patrol at Lost Valley in Auburn.

He loved family times, especially following his grandchildren’s sports activities, the game of golf, eating out and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as “Gramps.”

Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara Millett of Auburn, whom he married March 17, 1943, and they had just celebrated 64 years of marriage; one son, Bruce Ray, and his wife, Sheila, of Turner; three grandchildren, Matthew Ray, and his wife, Krystine, of Manchester, Conn., Mary Jane Forgues, and her husband, Thomas, of Gorham and Benjamin Ray, and his wife, Vanessa, of Sacramento, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, Izabella and Abigail Ray and Emma, Gracie and Piper Forgues; one niece; and several nephews.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Clover Manor for taking good care of Virgil and his family during his illness.