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Daily Journal
     July 8, 2020      #93-190 KDJ
Ray Olley

Chris Breach

WWII veteran passes away on Fourth of July 

By Jeff Bonty

MANTENO — World War II veteran Raymond “Ray” J. Olley, 97, died at his home on the Fourth of July.

“It was very fitting that he passed away on a patriotic day like that,” said Eric Peterson, founder of Project Headspace and Timing. “He was an amazing guy.”

Olley’s death came just four months after the love of his life, Mary Jane, passed away in February. They were married for 73 years.

Olley was one of five brothers who enlisted in various military branches ...

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Eric Peterson, founder of Project Headspace and Timing, talks to his friend Ray Olley. Peterson headed the project to restore Olley’s childhood canoe in September 2018. The canoe was painted to match the LSM311, the ship Olley served on during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Olley, a World War II vetera