Dr. Roger M. Pray, 66, of Geneseo died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services celebrating his life were held Thursday, Sept. 26 at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren officiated. A visitation was held Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded. A private inurnment was held at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to First Lutheran Church, the Geneseo Fire Department or the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083.
Dr. Pray was born on Aug. 31, 1947, in Pana, the son of Merle and Roberta (Ryan) Pray. After graduating from Mt. Auburn High School, he 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.
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.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; two daughters, Annette (Steve) Marchant of El Paso, Texas, and Bethany (Michael) Winkleman of Chicago; two sons, Kevin (Rebecca) Pray of Omaha, Neb., and Mitchell (Rebecca) Pray of 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 of Taylorville. He was preceded in death by his parents.