Ray Mather (1932 - 1995)

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Ray Mather
1932 - 1995
May 29, 1932
Hammond, Lake, Indiana, USA
March 28, 1995
St. Louis, Missouri United States
Other Names
Elbert Ray Mather
Ray Mather was born on May 29, 1932 at Hammond, Lake, Indiana, USA. He died on March 28, 1995 in St. Louis, Missouri United States at 62 years of age. We know that Ray Mather had been residing in Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri 63119.
Updated: August 5, 2022
Elbert Ray Mather's parents were Merlin Eugene Mather (1901 - 1994) and Vera Eloise Young (1904 - 1984). He had one brother, Keith Victor Mather (1929 - 1983). In the 1940 federal census, Ray, which was the name he used his entire life, was age 7 and living with his parents, Merlin, who was 39 at the time, and Eloise, who was 36, in Munster, Indiana. Ray was in the 1st grade. Also in the household was brother Keith, age 11, who was in the 4th grade. Father Merlin said that he was an inspector in insurance. Ray later graduated from Earlham College and worked for a small theatrical production for many years. He went on to work as a theatre manager at Fontbonne College from 1968 until 1981. After that, he worked as the building manager of the Jewish Federation but illness forced him to retire in 1993. Ray was survived by two nephews, Jon and David. See Ray's obituary at Ray Mather: Obituary
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Ray Mather
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Ray Mather
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Elbert Ray Mather
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Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri 63119
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Ray Mather was born on at Hammond, Lake, Indiana, USA
Ray Mather died on in St. Louis, Missouri United States
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Springdale Cemetery in Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa
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Ray was born in Hammond Lake, Indiana and lived in Munster, Indiana; Elgin Illinois; as well as St. Louis, Missouri.


Ray attended Elgin High School and graduated from Earlham College.


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He was a theatre manager at Fontbonne College and then building manager at the Jewish Federation. Illness forced him to retire in 1993.

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Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis Missouri), on Sunday April 9 1995 Mather, Ray Died on March 28, 1995. Was 62 years old. Is survived by 2 nephews Jon and David of Downer Grove, Illinois. The body was cremated and a graveside service will be held at the Friends Cemetery in Springdale, Iowa on Sunday April 16, 1995 at 2pm where his cremated remains will be interred. Mr. Mather graduated from Earlham College, worked in a small theatrical production for many years. Came to St. Louis in 1968 where he was the theatre manager at Fontbonne College until 1981. He was employed after that as building manager at the Jewish Federation until his illness in 1993. Retired with disability, resided in Shrewsbury for the past 25 years. Donations may be made to AIDS Research. Family assisted by Valhalla Chapel.

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In 1932, in the year that Ray Mather was born, five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

In 1953, he was 21 years old when actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1966, by the time he was 34 years old, on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

In 1970, he was 38 years old when on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

In 1995, in the year of Ray Mather's passing, on May 19th, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil - before 9/11 - took place in Oklahoma City. A truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown - killing 68 people, injuring more than 680 others, and destroying one-third of the building. The most disturbing images were of children - a daycare center was hit by the bomb. The deadliest incident of domestic terrorism ever, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier were convicted of the bombing.

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