Roger Pray

Posted Online: Sept. 23, 2013, 7:21 pm
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Dr. Roger M. Pray, 66, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
A funeral service celebrating Roger's life will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. Visitation for Roger will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. Per his request, cremation rites will follow the service, and a private inurnment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to First Lutheran Church, the Geneseo Fire Department or the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083.
Dr. Pray was born Aug. 31, 1947, in Pana, Ill., the son of Merle and Roberta Ryan Pray. After graduating from Mount Auburn High School, Roger attended the University of Illinois, where he achieved his degree in veterinary medicine in 1972. While at the university, he met and married Linda Wheeler, of Bushnell, Ill.
Upon graduation, Roger and Linda moved to Cambridge, where he began a long and successful career as a community veterinarian at Cambridge Enterprises and Geneseo Veterinary Service. In the fall of 1978, Roger moved his young but growing family to their current residence in rural Geneseo. Dr. Pray practiced in the Cambridge and Geneseo communities until his recent retirement this past May. Roger was active in both the Cambridge and Geneseo business and social communities up to his passing on Sunday and will be dearly missed.
Roger is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, Annette (Steve) Marchant, El Paso, Texas, and Bethany (Michael) Winkleman, Chicago; two sons, Kevin (Rebecca) Pray, Omaha, Neb., and Mitchell (Rebecca) Pray, Falls Church, Va.; seven grandchildren, Jonathon, Nicholas, Matthew and Anthony Pray, Jackson and Brecken Marchant and James Winkleman; and one sister, Marcia (Steve) Downs Brockelsby, Taylorville, Ill.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents.
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