Ray Hines, 94, long time resident of Ashland passed peacefully in his sleep July 3, 2006 in the house that he built on Black Oak Way in Ashland.
Ray was born September 14, 1911, the son of Lillie and Edgar Hines. He was raised in Maryland and served a short term with the Merchant Marines. While working as an auto mechanic he was asked by a movie producer to drive the producer to California. He remained in California where he met his wife, Nellie A. Jepson. They were married on September 1, 1939. Mrs. Hines preceded him in death in 2003 after 63 years of marriage.
Mr. Hines was an inventor and along with Donald Douglas Jr. invented a device that cleaned the landing gear shaft on aircraft. The device is still in use today. He worked for Douglas aircraft for 35 years. He was also an airplane pilot and flew the hump in India during World War II. He ferried the emergency supplies from India to China. Mr. Hines retired in 1970 and settled in Ashland where he was well known for his vegetable garden which he shared with family and friends. He worked for many years at Edwards Greenhouses in Medford.
Surviving are his two daughters, Daraline Dede Squyres of Baldwin Park, Calif. and Cheryl Hines of Redlands, Calif.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two nieces, Barbara Hines of Ashland and Della Newnum of Prescott, Ariz.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Ashland Bible Church. Interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery in Glendale, Calif. Arrangements by Litwiller Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.