Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 7:58 PM on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ray Clapp

April 17, 1955-Feb. 9, 2011

Ray Clapp, 55, died Feb. 9, 2011. A celebration of his life was held Feb. 13, 2011, at Church on the Rock Homer at the Homer High School gymnasium.


Ray Clapp

Ray Clapp was born April 17, 1955, in Astoria, Ore., to Al and Gwen Clapp. He was raised in Warrenton, Ore., along with his sisters Shele and Kelly. Ray lived in Cannon Beach, Ore., where he attended Ecola Bible School, learned to hang glide, built custom homes and started in the excavation business.

In 1982, Ray moved to Alaska. He met the love of his life, Kelly, in October 1984. They married in October 1985, raised a family, started and built Coast Range Construction, and pursued his many hobbies. Some of the things he enjoyed with his family and friends were snowmachining, archery, sailing, woodworking and photography.

Ray was a devoted husband and father to Heidi, Jaime and Kyle.

"Ray loved being a son, husband, father, brother, grandpa and friend. He enjoyed working hard and playing hard, but he knew how to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. Those were the things in life that mattered the most to him," his family said.

"Ray loved Jesus with all of his heart and was always open to sharing that love with others. He was loved by many and will remain forever in our hearts."

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Gwen Clapp, and his brother, Mitchell Clapp.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Clapp; his daughter and son-in-law Heidi and David Farland of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Jaime and Patrick Schilling of Homer; son Kyle Clapp and fiance Hallie Hudson of Homer; grandson and granddaughter Logan and Lilie Farland; grandson Holden Ray Schilling; an expected grandson, due June 8; and sisters Kelly and her husband Lindy Warren of Gresham, Ore.; sister and brother-in-law Shele and Harley Toftey of Grand Marais, Minn.; nieces Hannah and Sarah Toftey; and many friends and other extended family.

Memorial donations may be made to The Lost Children of Peru, c/o Larry Goode, 1065 Krueth Way, Homer, AK 99603, www.lostchildrenofperu.com.