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Mr. Ray J. Pethel

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June 27, 1933 ~ June 4, 2022

Born in: Moorsville, North Carolina
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Ray Junior “Gramps” Pethel, was called home June 4, 2022 at the age of 88. Born June 27, 1933 , Ray was the son of the late Henderson Ray Pethel and Willie Murdock Pethel. He was a US Air Force veteran and served in the Korean and Vietnam War. Ray was a Training Instructor at Lackland Air Force Base for 14 of his 22 year career. After Air Force retirement, he worked twenty years for San Antonio River Authority as a park ranger at Braunig and Calaveras Lakes. He was an avid golfer, beer drinker, and he loved to barbecue. He made sure to let everyone know each brisket was his best one ever. His happiest moments were times spent with family.

Ray was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Raymond, sister Edna and his beloved wife, Susie. He is survived by his devoted daughter Gwendolyn and husband Larry Barker of San Antonio, TX, grandchildren Bobby Barker of San Antonio, TX, Skye (Ed) Maa of Denver, CO, Larry Joe (Cecily) of Katy, TX, and great-grandchildren Cole, Brody, Sebastian, Taryn, Sloane, and Nicholas.


Visitation: June 13, 2022 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Graveside: June 14, 2022 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. cemeteryMr Pethel was a very nice man. He was always kind to me. He loved his wife and family and it showed. Heaven just gained another angel.

  2. CandleImageSorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Junior. He always greeted me with a hug when I saw him at my grandparents house…usually wearing jeans and either a white T-shirt or western shirt (like my Dad). Enjoyed his entertaining stories. Many fond memories of those years long ago. Prayers for the family.

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