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Norman D. Bray

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 10:31 a.m. CDT

Mr. Norman D. Bray, 72, of Joliet, Ill., and formerly of Independence, Mo., passed away with his family at his side Friday, April 19, 2013.

A graduate of Wilmington High School, with the Class of 1959, he was a United States Army veteran. Norm was previously employed at Bill Jacobs in Wilmington, Argonne Laboratories, and Ford Motor Company, where he worked for 37 years until his retirement in 2005.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling and listening to Elvis. He started the Elvis Conventions in Kansas City, Mo., and and is well known at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

Mr. Bray is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Harrell) (Ammons) Bray; three sons, Jeff, James and Richard Bray; three daughters, Catherine, Michelle, and Lisa; one stepson, James Ammons; five stepdaughters, Shari Beaver, Lesli Larr, Christi Hartsfield, Bonni Johnson and Jodi Severson; a twin sister, Norma McCoy; three brothers, Lee, Don and Chuck Bray; several grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friend Bernie Fredericks

All friends and relatives are invited to meet on Wednesday, April 24, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Road, Joliet, at 1:30 p.m. to join the funeral procession to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, where committal services will take place at 2:30 p.m., with military honors conducted by the U.S. Army.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home Joliet, is in charge of arrangments. For additional information, please call (815) 741-5500 or log onto www.fredcdames.com.

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