Ray was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He entered the US Air Force and after completing the aviation cadet program was commissioned and received his navigator wings in 1954. Ray met Wanda at a football game while he was on leave in Cincinnati. They were married about 18 months later when he was commissioned. Their first home was Roswell, NM, where he was a B-36 navigator. Their first son, Barry, was born while they were in Roswell. Three years later he went through pilot training and flew B-47’s in Tucson, AZ, where their second son, Brian and their daughter Suzanne were born. An assignment to fly B-58’s brought Ray & Wanda to Arkansas in 1966. They joined the Indian Hills UMC in 1967. The family chose to move back to North Little Rock in 1970 when Ray retired as a Lt. Col. They again joined the IHUMC.
Ray’s second career was in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Ray was very active in the IHUMC and chaired the Merger Committee that merged Indian Hills with First United Methodist Church. During his 12 years in DFA, he served on the state’s deferred compensation committee. This led to his third career as head of a deferred compensation program in Columbus, OH. This was a voluntary program with more than 125,000 participants and assets of several billion dollars. When he retired in 1994 they returned to NLR and joined our church for the third time. Since then Ray has been very active in Lions Clubs, including being District Governor.
Wanda Dunn was born in Cincinnati and attended Deer Park schools. She was a secretary in the jet propulsion division of General Electric when they met. On one of their first dates Wanda said that she would never marry anyone in the military. Theirs was a long range courtship as she was in Cincinnati and he was in San Antonio and then Houston, Texas, and then Sacramento, California. After delaying the scheduled wedding twice – needs of the Air Force – they were married on May 1, 1954.
Wanda was a legal secretary until Barry was born. She then became a full time mom until he entered college. She was the first den mother and then den mother coach for the newly formed Cub Scout Pack 87 which was sponsored by Indian Hills UMC. Wanda was also a Girl Scout leader and Brownie Leader. She then sold real estate for awhile before becoming secretary to the VP for administration at National Investors Life Insurance. She later became the reinsurance coordinator for the company. She continued that until Suzie, their youngest, graduated from college and was married. She then retired from National Investors.
Ray and Wanda have two grandsons, Taylor and Spencer Rogers.