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Obituary: Jesse J. Wray Jr.

Mr. Wray Jr.

Mr. Wray Jr.

Jesse J. Wray Jr., 83, went home to be with Jesus, his Lord, Dec. 24, 2007, surrounded by family at the Prescott VA. He was born in Moline, Ill., graduated from Geneseo High School in Geneseo, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse L. and Iverne Wray, and also by his brother, Melford Wray.

He was injured Dec. 16, 1944, in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart. He moved to Prescott in 1949 and introduced Prescott to its first Dairy Queen, which he opened on Gurley Street. Jesse and his brother owned Northern Arizona Dairy Queen, which consisted of 13 stores. He moved to Mesa in 1954, then back to Prescott in 1987 to retire.

He married Leigh Wray in March 1977. She survives him, along with three nieces, Annette Smith, Lana Comparin and Suzanne Chesser. He is also survived by four stepchildren, Karen Fekete, David Holt, Mark Holt and Michael Holt; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

To know Jesse was to love him. He always had a gentle smile and a firm handshake. The word "complain" was not in his vocabulary.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Prescott.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people at the Prescott VA who took such special care of him.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to the Christian Academy of Prescott or First Baptist Church of Prescott, 148 S. Marina St., Prescott, AZ 86303.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the First Baptist Church, 148 S. Marina St., Prescott, Ariz.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hampton Funeral Home.

(Information provided by survivors.)

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