Jonathan "Jon" R. Ray, January 9, 1989 - September 29, 2018

Jonathan "Jon" R. Ray
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It is with great sadness the family of Jonathan Robert Ray announces his unexpected passing, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the age of 29.

Jonathan "Jon" was born in Indianapolis, IN on January 9, 1989 to Joseph and Julie Ray.  

Jon was a graduate of Neenah High School and studied at various colleges in Wisconsin before finding his passion in restaurant and hospitality. He was currently the Co-Owner of Red Coal BBQ of Eau Claire, WI where he was passionate about serving darn good food to the Eau Claire community. Jon was a talented writer, and a witty and loyal friend. He had a humble and kind-hearted soul. We will miss him for the rest of our days. 

Jon will be lovingly remembered by his parents Joseph and Julie Ray and by his sister, Rebecca, brother-in-law, Arik Duhr, and his niece. He will be fondly remembered by his Grandmother, Nancy Rarey, and by all of his aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was loved by many. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Prairie Ridge Fight Against Hunger Project at:

Visitation will take place at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 5-8 pm.  Committal service will take place at 1 pm on Monday, October 8, 2018 in the Boone Hutcheson Cemetery in Greencastle, Indiana.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.



  1. Susie Rarey October 6, 2018

    Joe, Julie, Rebecca and everyone in our family...I was very saddened when I learned the heart breaking news about Jonathan. Unfortunately I never got to know Jonathan but from my conversations with Robin and reading the condolences from those who knew him well he was a kind and gentle man with an amazing generous spirit. I watched the video and appreciated being able to see the many pictures from his all too short life. I know Jonathan will be terribly missed and there are no words that can ease your pain. Please know I am thinking about you and praying that God will wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you. With much love, your sister Susie.

  2. Casey T McHugh October 4, 2018

    I'd like to send my deepest condolences to the family of Jon Ray. Jon was one of my best friends growing up, and even today many of his idiosyncrasies have stuck with me. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with Jon running around Tumblebrook and then venturing out into the greater Town of Menasha area as we got older. He was one of my few friends who I felt comfortable with having serious conversations with as well. I will miss Jon greatly, and my heart is with his family.

  3. Lauri Harris October 4, 2018

    Dear Julie and Joe, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. It seems like yesterday the boys were running around the soccer field. When I think of Jon I think of a kind soft spoken young man, always kind to all. We feel special to have known him. Just watched the video on line, what a nice tribute to him. He was loved by many. Hugs and kisses to you guys. May God bless Jon!
    Love , Lauri, Donn and Ted Harris

  4. Daniel Kubelsky October 3, 2018

    I enjoyed J’s inner circle. I knew him to be complex and have an all or nothing personality. He loved living in Eau Claire and because of him, I was introduced to the town and love it too. J. was fortunate to realize exactly what he wanted from life: to serve his community in the restaurant industry with passion and high quality. Rest In Peace my good friend.

  5. Kristen Schulte October 3, 2018

    Dear Joe and Julie, Becky, Arik and Quinn,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I was stunned to hear Jon passed away suddenly, and since been broken-hearted to know the saddness you are suffering to lose your son, your bother, your uncle.
    Joe and Julie, As a parent I know there must be no greater pain to bear. If there is anything you need please reach out to me. You are all in my husband’s and my constant prayers.
    And my God bless you all for asking friends and family to donate to the hunger project fund. I know our donations will help to keep Jon’s memory alive through his passion for feeding others.

  6. Mason Family October 3, 2018

    Jonathan Ray was such a wonderful young man, taken much too soon.

    We loved his kindness, humor and his love for his family and friends. His time here was accomplished of which we are very proud.

    There is only one Jonathan Ray and we will always remember, and miss him. We will all be together again one day.

  7. Don and Deb Esposito October 3, 2018

    Extending our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time. Our prayers and blessings are with you .

  8. Nick Rolfe October 3, 2018

    Joe and family,

    I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Sending prayers for you and your family.

  9. Sean McGrath October 2, 2018

    Jon. I love you! I’ve missed you greatly these last couple years while I’ve been living far away from you. When I was down in the dumps you picked me up, more than once. You have been one of my closest friends since we first met.. I’ll forever miss your presence and I hope have found peace brother.. I love you J-ray!

  10. Holly Goeppinger October 2, 2018

    Jon, I know you touched many lives. Although I only met you a handful of times, I could tell that you were a true gentleman. I know you will be missed by so many but you will never be forgotten. God rest your soul. ❤️

  11. Rob & Tina Baker October 2, 2018

    Dear Joe & Julie,

    May memories of Jonathan and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

    Rob & Tina Baker

  12. Tracy Meagher (Sheets) October 2, 2018

    I'm still in shock and saddened and at loss for words. Unfortunately I never got to really know my cousin Jonathan!

  13. Karly Arneson October 2, 2018

    Jon, you were something special. Your sarcasm, kindness and quick wit will be remembered and these memories will continue to put a smile on my face. So incredibly saddened by this news and I am praying for the family. <3 Have you all on my heart.

  14. Joe Rathsack October 2, 2018

    This is very sad, I am fortunate to have grown up shooting baskets with Jon as kids. If we were not balling it up in driveways, it would be hours at club west. My condolences to Jon’s family.

  15. Robin Ryan October 2, 2018

    Always a smile and a kind word, we'll miss your gentle spirt Jon-boy.

  16. Robin DeRueda October 2, 2018

    My heartfelt and deep condolences to all of Jon's family and his friends, who I considered myself a part of. I am deeply saddened by this unfortunate situation, as Jon had such a promising future. I was there for many groundbreaking occurrences and he always persevered. I'm saddened he could not this time. My prayers are with you all in Eau Claire and I offer a warm hug and my love to you all from CA.

  17. Ed Holand October 2, 2018

    You are loved Jon. I hope that you always know that. You touched many lives. You will be sorely missed and thought about often.

  18. Lauren Peterson October 2, 2018

    You'll be forever missed, Jon. I'll always remember the best things about you. You had an amazingly genuine personality and the best sense of humor. I'll miss you.