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Ray Douglas Messer

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July 17, 1958 — July 25, 2019

SPRING HOPE — Ray Douglas Messer, 61, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019.

He was born July 17, 1958 in Florida to the late Darrell and Barbara Guilford Messer. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Messer; father-in-law, Samuel T. Ward; and brother-in-law, Robert Michael Ward.

Ray loved classic cars, wood-burning and his family and friends. He was a man who always put others before himself.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife, Latricia Ward Messer; sons, Joshua, and wife, Jennifer Messer, Justin, and wife, Amanda Messer and Nathan Messer; daughter, Nicole Messer, and husband, Seth VanOrder; grandchildren, Justin Messer Jr., Hannah Messer, Lane Messer, Annabella Messer, Haylee Messer, Gabriel VanOrder and Julian VanOrder; brother, Rickey, and wife, Libby Messer; sister, Lenie and husband, Craig Krick; mother-in-law, Sharon Ward; brother-in-law, David, and wife, Ana Ward; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by First Cremation Society. Online condolences may be made to www.firstcremation.com.