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Ray Lam passed away on January 3, 2017 at the age of 83 years young. Ray was born August 30, 1933 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, the second child of Frank and Ima Lam.
His wife is Marian Lam, their 3 children and families include David and Alyssa, grandchildren Katie, Patrick and Josie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Greg and Keela, grandchildren Willoughby and Buddy of Lawrence, Kansas; and Jeanne and Stet Schanze, and grandchildren Baxter, Jack, and Sam of St. Joseph, Missouri. Ray's sister, Chris Scott, of Leawood, Kansas and her children Kim, Andy, Jeff, and Anne are important parts of the Lam family, along with a number of other beloved nieces and nephews.
Ray was educated in the Pauls Valley public school system and received his bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, serving as President of the House in 1954.
Ray served a 2 year NROTC commitment and then served in active duty aboard Navy destroyers based out of San Diego and Long Beach, with annual deployments to the Western Pacific. After his Naval service, he continued his education at the University of Tulsa and the University of Kansas City.
While attending school, he worked as a geologist for O.F. Warren Drilling Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He started his technical sales career in the building systems management field with Johnson Controls, Inc., in 1960 and was with the company until his retirement in 1992. During this time, he managed offices in Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Kansas City, Missouri.
After retirement from Johnson Controls, he was an area sales representative with Automated Building Systems until retiring again in 1999.
Ray was a member of Rotary Cubs in Tulsa and Kansas City as well as a life member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, where he served as president of the Tulsa chapter.
Ray resided in Leawood, Kansas the past 30 years, traveled some, enjoyed golf with family and friends, loved being out of doors working in the garden and yard.
His main love was Marian and family and he spent a lot of time at children and grandchildren sporting events. They all made him happy and proud, and he made them happy and proud. Life was good and Ray prays God will continue to care for all.
Visitation will be from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Church of the Nativity, 3800 W 119th St, Leawood, KS followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.; burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Nora Sparks Warren Public Library, 210 N. Willow St., Pauls Valley, OK, 73075.
Condolences may be left online at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com. Arrangements, McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145, (816) 942-6180.
Published on January 6, 2017
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