Our Beloved Dad, Papa, great grandfather, brother, uncle, great uncle and friend was called Home by his Heavenly Father on Sunday morning, November 3, 2013, at the age of 95. He was a lifetime resident of San Marcos, TX and will always be remembered for his patience, kindness and hard work.
Ray was born on February 23, 1918, to Frank and Ida Vogelsang Avey in San Marcos. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Holtermann and they enjoyed 70 years together before her passing in 2008. Shortly after their marriage in 1938, Ray and Ruth lived briefly in Los Angeles where Ray studied diesel engineering and worked as an engineer building military plane parts during WWII. In 1945, missing their family and friends in San Marcos, they moved back to Texas. Ray and his twin brother, Roy, then opened Avey Brothers Machine Shop, which later became Avey Plastics and is now operated by his son, Terry.
In 1950 their first daughter, Raetta was born followed two years later by the birth of their twins, Terry Ray and Jerry Roy. Being a family man, Ray was often seen at numerous little league games, football games, dance recitals and twirling competitions. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping and boating at Canyon Lake. He and his wife Ruth enjoyed traveling around the country in their motor home and square dancing. They spent many nights entertaining friends and family in their home and playing "42". Ray also "dutifully" carried Ruth's keyboard around town so she could entertain folks at various nursing homes and hosted gatherings and decorated their house and yard up for any festive occasion or holiday. Ray made a lifetime hobby of studying the weather and in his later years cherished the company of his beloved cat, "Kitty".
Ray was a master tool and die maker and a creative inventor. He loved the challenge of a project and could fix anything. Some of Ray and Roy's noted lifetime accomplishments include building a 1/5 scale 1875 steam locomotive train for 7-A Ranch in Wimberley, TX (which is still operational at a park in Gainesville, TX). In 1947, the brothers opened the Corral outdoor theater in Wimberley, TX. Ray was always proud that the two businesses he was involved in are still in operation today. Avey Plastics is still making hummingbird feeders distributed by Best One at HEB, various fishing floats distributed by Comal Tackle at Walmart and Academy Surplus and medical kits distributed worldwide by SA Scientific. Less well known items include parts for NASA that ended up on the moon (and are still there) and toothpaste caps used in-flight by NASA astronauts.
Ray was a member of the San Marcos Masonic Lodge, former President of the San Marcos Chapter of the Ben Hur Shriners and along with his wife, Ruth, was a lifetime contributing member of the First United Methodist Church of San Marcos.
To cherish his memories he leaves behind his daughter, Raetta Aleshire and husband Bill of Austin, son Terry Avey and Pam Kittner of Austin, son Jerry Avey and wife Melinda of Round Rock; grandchildren Tami Thrasher and husband Rob Mangano, Jared Aleshire and wife Tressa, Jon Aleshire and wife Fair, and Nicole Avey; great grandchildren Bridget Mangano, Kennedy, Beck, Lily and Roan Aleshire; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth, parents Frank and Ida Avey, sisters Helen Pearl and Dorothy Sanders, brother Albert and twin brother Roy Avey.
Visitation will be held Thursday, November 7th from 5-7pm at the Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, November 8th at 10am at the First United Methodist Church of San Marcos. In lieu of flowers, Ray and his family would appreciate donations to the First United Methodist Church music department at www.fumcsm.org or the Shriners Hospitals for Children at