OCEAN PARK - Douglas H. Wray, 78, died June 25, 2006, at his Ocean Park residence. Born Sept. 13, 1927, in Long Beach, he was the son of pioneer residents Harvey and Ruth (Douglas) Wray. He attended local schools through the 10th grade and at age 17 joined the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving from 1945-46.
Mr. Wray returned to the Peninsula following the war and began working in the local oyster industry as a laborer and boat operator. He retired after 33 years of service. For several years he also operated a charter boat out of Ilwaco.
Hunting, fishing and woodworking were favorite activities. He enjoyed country-western music. He also had enjoyed trips to the Grand Canyon, Reno and enjoyed life by the Pacific Ocean.
He married Dorothy Redell in 1946 and they later divorced. In 1964 he married Bernice Knighton and she preceded him in death. In 1970 he married Merle Hand and she too died earlier.
Mr. Wray is survived by daughters Mary (Penny) Kramer and husband Peter of Raymond, Donna Early and husband Steve of Anchorage, Alaska, Sharon San Juan of Tacoma, and Sandra Wray of Mauston, Wis.; stepdaughter Freida Poe and husband Gordon of Ocean Park; grandchildren Eric Flint, Brian Flint, Jeremy Flint, Tracey Wirkkala, Karia Wirkkala and Michelle San Juan; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Enid Thornton and Clarence "Bo" Wray.
Graveside service was held Sunday, July 2 at Lone Fir Cemetery in Long Beach. Memorials may be made to the local organization of one's choice. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.