Roland Ray Hines, age 83, of Lees Summit, MO, passed away peacefully at St. Lukes Hospice House on October 3, 2020. Ray was born in Foster MO on Sept 7, 1937 to Mildred Lorene Hopper Hines and Claude Gilbert Hines, Sr.
Ray went to the Miami High School, in Amsterdam MO and was employed by the Clipper Manufacturing Company shortly after. In September of 1958 he married Ruth Geiger in The Methodist Church of Kansas, Paola, KS, and they made their home in Kansas City.
Ray put himself through college, attending and receiving an Accounting Degree from Rockhurst College in Kansas City. One of the accounts he worked while employed at Price Waterhouse was The O’Brien Partition Company. He was solicited by O’Brien to be a major part of the ownership team and served as the CFO for many years. In those years, Ray mentored many and was key in growing the business, which was eventually sold when Ray retired in 1999.
Although Ray was an avid golfer during his working career, during retirement he was finally able to reap the benefits of his long hours invested in growing a business. Ray enjoyed many hours on the links, along with his wife Ruth, who was as good, if not arguably better than Ray, and their passion for the sport resulted in an achievement few golfers can claim. On June 13, 2003, Ray, 65 at the time and Ruth 62, each had a hole in one during the same round at the Shoal Creek Golf Course. They enjoyed, and revered, the notoriety of being featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine. Throughout his years of playing golf, Ray was a member of several golf clubs, but had a special place in his heart for Hillcrest Country Club.
Ray was preceded in death by his Parents; his Wife, Ruth Ann Hines; and his Siblings, Richard Dean Hines, Claude G. Hines, and Melba Pauline Crabtree.
Survivors include his Sister, Nancy Ann Hudson, and her husband Charles; Dear Friends, Holly Roberts Sodders, and husband Mark; several Nieces and Nephews and their families; and many friends who were like family, and are too many to list, living in the Kansas City area and Arizona. Ray will be remembered by many for his mentorship, competitive nature, compassion, empathy, kindness, and generosity.