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Junior Ray Clevenger

June 6, 1937 September 26, 2019
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On September 26, 2019, heaven welcomed a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Heaven also welcomed a kind and loving man. Junior Ray Clevenger passed away at 82 years, three months and 20 days in the home of his daughter Heidi Clevenger-Erner and son-in-law, Rocky Erner. “Ray” was surrounded with love from family members at his passing. Ray was born to parents Rachel and Arthur Clevenger at home in Neosho, Missouri, on June 6, 1937.

Ray served honorably in the US Air Force. He also held various wholesale sales and distribution jobs to serve grocery stores and restaurants. In 1971, he open the Farmers Insurance agency in Woodburn, Oregon. In 1980, he purchased the Peoples Insurance agencies located in Newberg, Dayton and Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon where he worked until he retired.

During the late 60’s, Ray served as a City Council Member and Mayor of the City of Dayton, Oregon. Ray was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During the 80’s he held several lay ministry duties including Bishop of the Dayton Ward and Stake High Councilor for the McMinnville Oregon Stake. Ray and his late wife Janet will be remembered for their generosity and kindness, by many. They took in several troubled teens and exchange students into their home, and many will remember how much they both loved to spoil their grandchildren and all children alike! As of 1976, home to Janet and Ray was “the farm” located just outside of Dayton, Oregon, near Grand Island. Ray and Janet raised apples, peaches, pears, plums filberts and walnuts. Ray enjoyed his family, especially children! Ray also loved farming, camping, snow skiing, Portland Trailblazers, Dayton High School girls basketball, traveling, audiobooks, chicken fried steak, watching Westerns, World War II Military movies, plus Dancing with the Stars, Jeopardy and comedies.

Ray is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janet Clevenger. Ray married Janet on January 28, 1956, their marriage lasted 47 years until her passing. Also preceding in death were Ray’s parents, Rachel and Arthur Clevenger, two brothers Donald and Dwayne Clevenger, and two still born full-term babies, Jeffrey (1961) and Georgina (1965), and step daughter Jacqueline Baker. He is survived by daughters Renee Ritter (Floyd) of Stafford, Virginia and Heidi Clevenger-Erner (Rocky) of Scio, Oregon, four grandchildren- Alex Fenton (Katie), Jaxon Chafee, Megan Ritter and Jamie Douglas (Michael). He also has two great granddaughters, Mila and Natalie, and three great grandsons Gabriel, Austin and Connor. His stepchildren are Sue Allen (Mark) and Andy Baker (Molly) from a latter marriage to wife, Alberta Baker-Clevenger, plus many more step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at the Dayton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 700 Ash St., Dayton, OR on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11 AM. Interment will be held at the Hopewell Cemetery, in Hopewell Oregon. We ask that all who would like to share memories, and to gather together as friends and family, please join us at the Hopewell Church following all services.

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11:00 AM 10/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
Dayton LDS Church

700 Ash Street
Dayton, OR 97114

We ask that all who would like to share memories, and to gather together as friends and family, please join us at the Hopewell Church following all services.

Dayton LDS Church
700 Ash Street Dayton 97114 OR
United States

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Hopewell Cemetery Final Resting Place

21600 Church Street
Dayton, OR 97111503

21600 Church Street Dayton 97111503 OR
United States

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