ASHTON – Ray J. Forney, 84, of Ashton, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home.
Ray was born May 24, 1929, in Ogle County, the son of Ruben and Cora (Bogard) Forney. He served in the Army during World War II. Ray married Alvera D. Partington on Jan. 1, 1950, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 2013.
He owned and operated Ray J. Forney Trucking. He was the mayor of Ashton for 28 years, serving from 1977 to 2005. He was a member of Ashton United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 345, a life member of Ashton Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Freeport – Tebala Shrine, and a past director of the Honda Patrol. He also was past president of the Illinois Municipal League, Northern Illinois Mayor Association, and Rock River Development.
Ray is survived by his three grandchildren, Kyle (Janna) Mahaffey and Megan (Clinton) Keene, both of Ashton, and Kirsten Mahaffey of Rock Falls; two sisters, Hazel Stein of Byron and Violet (Roger) Kleffel of Rockford; and four great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Rita J. Mahaffey; brother, Albert Forney; and sister, Dorothy Todd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ashton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sang Hun Han, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Ashton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Ashton.
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