Ray Allen McNally, age 84, died Saturday April 6th, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born September 17, 1934 in Winona Minnesota to Alfred "AD" and Rose (Haase) McNally. In 1956 he met who would soon be the love of his life, Wanda Ward, at the American Society Dance hall in Winona where he won her over while they danced the circle two step. Ray and Wanda married November 29th, 1958 at McKinley United Methodist Church In Winona Minnesota. After they married they lived on the McNally family farm where he farmed side by side with his father. Along with farming he also moonlighted as a mail carrier for the post office and as an assistant at the local Veterinarian office. He was known for impeccable timing as a mail carrier. Some would say they could set their clock to his delivery. From 1959-1965 they were blessed with 3 beautiful children Deb, Lorie, and Jim. In 1971 Ray and Wanda bought the family farm and their farming Journey as a family of 5 began. He started out small and faced many challenges but with family, time, and technology he was able to grow his fortress. When he was able to find time away from farming his hobbies included hunting, fishing, and taking road trips with his wife and children. He had a great love and passion for farming that he passed on to his son Jim. Cutting hay was one of his favorite times of year. On any given morning following the morning milk session you could find Ray sitting at his kitchen table, with a pack of RedMan chew sticking out his shirt pocket, and you could share a cup of coffee, buttered toast, and small talk. He had a big heart and welcomed all into his home. He taught the value of hard work, respect, and patience to many that had the pleasure of accompanying him on the farm including his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Ray was survived by his wife Wanda (Ward) McNally; Children Deb (Steve) Merchlewitz, Lorie (Wayne) McNally, Jim McNally; 6 Grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Woodard, Mindy(Karl) Schroeder, Eric (Jessica) Burkhalter, Erin (Trevor) Ziemer, Nicole (Hannes) McNally, Amanda (Peter) McNally; 11 Great Grandchildren, Clayton, Emma, Dalton, Landen, Dahlia, Nash, Tyler, Brandon, Rian, Allen, Caleb; Brother William "Bill" McNally. Proceeded in death by his parents, Sister Charlotte (Lyle) Henderson, Nephew Wayne "Buster" Henderson.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019 with visitation starting at 10 a.m., at the Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. Burial will follow at Bush Cemetery in Ridgeway. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory at hofffuneral.com.
"They always say did you meet the gental giant but be careful because you dont want to be on the wrong end of his side 12. Well I'm happy to say I didnt have to meet the wrong end but I did meet a guy who treated me like his own. I had the privilege to learn alot from him even taking his cutting hay days over which we all know wasnt the easiest thing to do. Rest easy uncle ray I know you will be checking my work. We love you guys our condolences to the family"
"i did not know uncle ray well but whenever i was with him in the house or just around him he just made me happy along with many others. he will be deeply missed by all of the family and many many friends. i will really miss you uncle ray love christian martin"
"Uncle Ray was always there when you needed a ear or someone to vist with ,him and Auntie always had the coffee on and cookies to eat. WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS."
"WHEN IT COMES TO SWEET CORN SEASON WE WILL MISS HIM FOR THE HELPING TO PICK AND CAN even the cups of coffee, eill remember the good times love an miss you forever love arlene, joe, and family
"Our deepest sympathy to the family , sorry to hear of your loss.
Bob and Lois Wenzel"
"Thinking of your family as you grieve the loss of this gentle giant. God?s peace on each of those who miss him today. "
"As a kid I knew that Ray was a sincere and a caring person always got a feeling for him, loved visiting. No doubt you're next destination say hi to Busree. Rest in peace "
"Deepest sympathy to the family. I am very sorry for your loss. "
"Uncle Ray was never to busy for a chat! Uncle Ray you will be missed very much! Love forever Annie"