He had moved to Forest Creek Commons assisted living facility in Indianapolis almost five years ago.
He was born in Brazil on Sept. 25, 1925, the son of Clifford Ray Mienheartt Sr. and Virgie Frost Mienheartt.
He graduated from Brazil High School and attended Indiana State University before earning his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.
He practiced optometry for more than 50 years, retiring at the age of 77.
Ray served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 70th Infantry Division. He received the Purple Heart award and two Bronze Stars for his courageous service in the European Theater. He attended his Division's reunion in Europe in the 1970s and also visited sites from the war with his son Lewis in 1971. He kept up correspondence with others who shared his wartime experiences.
Ray grew up in the First Presbyterian Church in Brazil and attended church there with his wife Mary Lou Van Etten Mienheartt. She preceded him in death in January 2003.
Ray held memberships to the Brazil BPOE Elks Lodge, V.F.W., Rotary Club and Lions Club among others and he was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a proud member of VOSH, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, for many years and was assistant director of that group for Indiana. He also led many missions to Honduras and other countries, where VOSH provided eye exams and eye care and distributed donated eyeglasses that were collected by the Lions Club.
Ray enjoyed traveling and writing articles for publications and organizations' newsletters and he was a voracious reader.
As an only child, he was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife Mary Lou.
Survivors include his daughter Molly Fenneman, Indianapolis, and son Lewis Mienheartt (Veronica), Coral Springs, Fla., grandchildren Kate, Brent and Emily Fenneman, and Alex, Mara and Morgan Mienheartt, cousins Virginia (Phillip) Ell and extended family.
Services will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2009, at French Funeral Home, with Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery with military graveside services by V.F.W. Post No. 1127, American Legion Post. No. 2 and the active duty honors detail.
Visitation will be Sunday from 1-2 p.m.
Contributions may be made to VOSH, Lions Club, or a charity of choice.
More details are posted and online condolences can be left at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.