DeRay “Ray” Albert Lichty
March 4, 1919 - January 14, 2018
MASON CITY: DeRay “Ray” Albert Lichty, 98, of Mason City, passed away January 14, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. A celebration of DeRay's life will be at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com
Ray was born March 4, 1919 in LuVerne, Iowa the son of Harry and Faye Lichty. He graduated from LuVerne High School. In 1939 Ray moved to Mason City to attend Hamilton's School of Commerce. He met the love of his life, LaVaughn Pierce at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa and they were married March 2, 1944.
During WWII Ray was a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Navy, serving in the South Pacific. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Ray worked at the Credit Bureau of Mason City for 34 years. His positions there included General Manager before he became owner in 1976. He sold the business and retired in 1986.
Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mason City and also a member of the evening Lions Club. He joined NIFPA in 1966, serving as president from 1988-2001, and remained an active member for 45 years.
Ray's favorite hobbies included golf, golf and more golf! He was a long time member of the Mason City Country Club and served as president. The Iowa Golf Association recorded over 600 rounds in which he shot his age. His golfing accomplishments also included 6 holes-in-one; his last one, at the age of 91, was on the 5th hole at the Mason City Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, LaVaughn Lichty of Apple Valley Assisted Living in Clear Lake, IA; four children, Dana Lichty (Jim Weikart) of Asheville, NC, Brett Lichty (Barb) of Libertville, IL, Dee Ray Lichty (Bev) of St. John's, FL and Kurt Lichty (Julie Ebeling) of Mason City, IA; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com