Harold Ray Putnam

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Harold Ray Putnam

March 27, 1932 - February 15, 2019

Harold Ray Putnam Lifetime Joplin, Mo. resident Harold Ray Putnam, age 86, passed away suddenly Friday, February 15, 2019, at his home. Ray was born March 27, 1932, in Joplin, to Marion Wayne Putnam Sr. and Erma (Price) Putnam. He was raised in the Greenwood Community, in southwest Joplin, and graduated from Seneca High School in 1950.
He married Mary L. Clements on November 6, 1952. Together they had five children.
Ray retired in 1997 from Ramsour Distributors as sales manager and route supervisor.
Ray's greatest joy was his family and he especially loved having all of them together for birthday and holiday celebrations. He enjoyed deer hunting in the Fall and fishing in the Spring and Summer at Grand Lake Ice Box Bluff Resort. He had a great love for vegetable gardening, but only raised tomatoes the last several years. He was most recently an active faithful member of the Joplin First Christian Church. Prior to transferring to First Christian, he was a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church and was baptized there on August 31, 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; two sons: Michael Putnam (Charles Phillips), Brighton, Colo.; Dennis Putnam (Cari), Joplin; three daughters, Vicky Ralston, Joplin, Patty Putnam, Raytown, Mo., and Cherie Merry (Ralph), Sapulpa, Okla. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Amy Faulkner (Chris), Joplin, Andrew Ralston (Hannah), Tulsa, Okla., Jason and Blake Putnam, Joplin, Rachel Merry, Midland, Texas, Katy and Erin Merry, Sapulpa; and a great-granddaughter, Alanna Faulkner, Joplin. Other survivors are his twin sister, Mae Crowder, Albany, Ga., and Beryl Putnam (Eileen), Oklahoma City, Okla. He was predeceased by his parents and three siblings, Mary Ella Whetstone, Sue Nell Casteel, and Marion Wayne Putnam Jr.
Services are directed by Mason-Woodward Mortuary. Visitation will held Wednesday, February 20, from 6-7 p.m., with funeral services on Thursday, February 21, at 1 p.m. at Joplin First Christian Church, 409 West Fourth Street.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church's building repair fund.
Pallbearers will be Michael, Dennis, Jason, and Blake Putnam, Andrew Ralston, and Ralph Merry.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on February 17, 2019
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Nancy and Bob Campbell
Feb 17, 2019
We are so sorry about Uncle Ray's passing. Aunt Mary, You had a wonderful husband for 66 Years. You raised 5 wonderful children who are all so full of love for their dad. Bless all of you as you go through this very difficult time. You all have such wonderful memories to share.