James Ray Bills
Aug. 29, 1928 – Aug. 23, 2016
James Ray Bills, 87, died Aug. 23, 2016, in Fritz Creek surrounded by his family.
He was born in Independence, Mo., on Aug. 29, 1928. to Lillie Mae and Ray Bills. When he was 15-years-old he joined the U.S. Navy and saw action throughout the Pacific in World War II. On his 17th birthday, when he was of legal age to join the Navy, the ship he was on sailed into Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan. He spent 21 years serving in the Navy.