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Ray Eugene Fosnot

November 23, 1948 – June 14, 2021

Ray Eugene Fosnot went home to his Heavenly Father on Monday, June 14, 2021, and after battling over a year he is no longer in pain.

Ray was born in Nampa, Idaho on November 23, 1948. After graduating from Potlatch High School, he went on to proudly serve in the United States Air Force from 1968-1971, stationed in England. After the Air Force, Ray moved to Potlatch, Idaho with his wife and two girls. Although he lived in quite a few places, he spent over 35 years in the Waitsburg and Walla Walla, Washington areas. Ray was actively involved with the Waitsburg Lions, community center, among other areas. He loved working with all types of wood and enjoyed making different pieces of artwork and furniture for his family, Jubilee Christian Academy, and many others. 

On September 2, 1995, Ray married his best friend and love of his life, Debra (Sands) Bly. With their combined families they had 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Each one of them meant the absolute world to him, blood was never a factor.

Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia; father, Howard; older sister, Linda; and great-granddaughter, Ariana. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Debra; five children: Michelle Searls (Paul Glesener), Marla Skeen (Jeff), Kimberley Bly, Stanley Bly, and Richard Bly (Tara); seven grandsons: Anthony Zilar (Abigail), Brandon Searls (Andrea), Gareth Williams (Carli), Patrick Bly (Kasey), Steven Riggin-Bly (Diane), Jacob Bly (Rachel); and Zachary Bly; five granddaughters, Leslie Williams, Victoria Bly, Hannah Bly, Amy Bly, and Kelsey Bly; 16 great-grandchildren; and younger sister, Ginger.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or any other cancer center close to your heart, through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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