Pro golfer/baseball coach and physical therapist Tim Bray’s love of life and others didn’t come to an end with his death. Surrounded by loved ones, Tim joined the heavenly congregation on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 59, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He graduated from Lone Jack High School in 1980 after being recognized for his overall awesomeness by being presented with the Mule Pride Award. Following his high school graduation, his career led to a position at Marion Merrell Dow for many years. Upon departure from Marion, he pursued his education to fulfill his dream of becoming a physical therapist. He achieved that dream in the spring of 2000 when he crossed the stage at Rockhurst University with his diploma in hand. Dr. Tim, as his coworkers affectionately called him, went on to be the most exceptional physical therapist Truman Medical Center will ever know. Tim loved his job and his patients.
Tim was an entrepreneur with several rental properties. He was hardworking, honest, and generous when it came to his tenants, as he was with most people he came into contact with; filling a stranger’s gas tank while filling his own was a familiar gesture for Tim.
Tim married the love of his life, Yudi Bray, on July 6, 2012. Their happiness in marriage was unmatched. It continues to provide an example that many admire and make an effort to imitate.
Tim is survived by his wife, Yudi Bray; his daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Nathan Holden; son TJ Bray; stepson, Nicholas Wu; three grandchildren, Callaway, Seve, and Palmer Holden; his mother, Mary Joan Bray; twelve siblings, Kathy Smith, Eddie Bray, Debi Verschelden, Vicki Hartsell, Bill Bray, Theresa Bynum, Ruthy Walter, Becky Pedrow, Pat Bray, Chrisi Shinn, Mike Bray, and Lori Bray, step mother, Laurel Bray, along with a plethora of nieces and nephews.
Tim was preceded in death by his father, Tom Bray, his brothers, Robbie and Rusty Bray, and his granddaughter Zoe Holden.
Tim was a great friend to many, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. To know Timmy was to be loved. Heaven must have needed our hero.