Benedict Ray


Benedict Ignatius Ray, born July 21, died September 9th, 2022 at his home in Wadena in the arms of his parents. Born with a rare metabolic deficiency, Benedict’s time on this earth was short, but he blessed those he met with hope and lived up to his namesake--“that in all things, God may be glorified.”

Benedict was preceded in death by his brothers, Renaldo, Gabriel and Eli.  He is survived by his parents, Isaac & Martha Ray (Shively), siblings Joseph, Dominic, Margaret, Louis, Maria and Mara; grandparents Scott & Ruthann Ray, Pillager, Steve & Iris Shively, Brainerd, great-grandmother Frances Ray, Brainerd, and aunts, uncles, & cousins.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2022 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena with Fr. Gabriel Walz as celebrant.  Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the Mass.  A luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment will be at St. Mathias Cemetery, Fort Ripley. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Hospice was provided by Lakewood Health System.

Arrangements by Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena, MN. (

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