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Ray Spooner

August 5, 1959 -
August 8, 2016

Ray Spooner, 57, husband, father, grandfather (Saba), son, brother, nurse midwife, cyclist, died August 8th, at home in Urbana, IL from the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign, IL.  …read more

Ray Spooner, 57, husband, father, grandfather (Saba), son, brother, nurse midwife, cyclist, died August 8th, at home in Urbana, IL from the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign, IL.  Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Champaign.

By Ray’s request there will be a bicycle procession, all welcome to join, from Sinai Temple to Mount Hope Cemetery.

Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy is handling arrangements.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

He leaves behind his wife, Rae; children, Lisa Curtiss (Corey Curtiss), Manu and Sophia; grandson Jack Curtiss; mother Jeanne Spooner; sister Lynn Wallis and family; and in-laws, Tauby Shimkin and Paul Weichsel; as well as extended family.

Ray was diagnosed with ALS in December 2014 and accepted his diagnosis with grace. On his three-item bucket list was a cross-country bicycle ride from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, to raise funds for ALS Awareness and Research. On day five an accident resulting in seven broken bones ended Ray’s original vision of the ride. The diminished line up of riders continued with Ray and Rae as support. In Austin, Ray was outfitted with a recumbent trike and was able to fulfill his dream, finish the ride, and dip his wheel into the Atlantic Ocean accompanied by family and friends.

His final months, Ray spent at home, being cared for by his wife, children, family and friends. Unable to speak, he communicated by one-thumb texting and through his eloquently written blog. https://rayslittleride.com  The time was filled with family, friends, love, laughter and saliva removal.

Instead of flowers, the Spooner family asks that you make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, or to CUJF.

To live life full of purpose, generosity and joy for the beauty all around us is a life well lived.

 

 

 

 

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Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Time: 01:00 pm

Sinai Temple

Address:

3104 W. Windsor Rd.
Champaign, Illinois 61822

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