Ray Rueby, Jr. (Esmay)

September 1, 1926 ~ April 7, 2019 (age 92)


Ray Rueby, Jr. (Esmay)


April 7, 2019. Ray was born September 1, 1926 in Michigan City, IN to Ray Sr. and Belle Rueby. The youngest of 4 children, he is predeceased by his parents and 3 siblings, Alys, Ben and Bob, as well as his son, Karl. Ray is survived by his wife, Nancy Esmay; 3 sons, Andy, Tim and Chris; daughter, Kathryn; their mother, Barbara; 4 grandsons, Tom, Dan, Joe and Sam; and great-granddaughters, Harlow and Sydney. Also stepchildren, Elizabeth Dommreis, Kathryn Esmay, Margaret Garrity; step-grandchildren, Laura Pullem, Carolyn Dommreis, Kevin Dommreis, Sean Bailey, Nora Maynard, Jane, Alison and Bridget Garrity; and step-great-grandchildren, Audrey and Lucas.

Ray graduated mid-year from Monroe High School in 1944 to enter the Army Air Corps, where he served until 1946. He attended the University of Rochester, where he was the editor of the newspaper, deeply involved in The Quilting Club, and a member of the Keidaean Society. He was also editor of his college fraternity magazine, 'The Shield of Theta Delta Chi', and co-wrote a column for Gannett Papers called 'Writing is Fun'. After graduating in 1955, he joined his father at Rueby Process, a screen printing business, remaining there as CEO until his retirement in 2001. The business was then known as Rueby Corp. and specialized in promotional products and awards, providing catalogs for such companies as Xerox, Kodak, GE and Corning, Inc. In his business life, Ray was very active in the Screenprinting Association, serving as president in 1995-96 and founding the Academy of Screenprinting Technology in 1973. For 12 years, Ray wrote a full page monthly column for 'Screen Printing Magazine' entitled 'Office Memo'.

After retiring, Ray began a new career as author and book publisher and resumed his interest in drawing and painting. He published 'The Magic of Your Name', a business biography, in 2004 and in 2007, a novel entitled 'Flora's Money'.

A Celebration of Ray's Life will be held Saturday, April 20, from 2-5 PM at Ray and Nancy's home, 32 Tobey Court, Pittsford. Donations may be made in Ray's memory to Honor Flight Rochester, Inc., PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692 or online at To share a memory of Ray or send a condolence to the family, visit



Celebration of Life
April 20, 2019

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ray and Nancy's home
32 Tobey Court
Pittsford, NY 14534


Honor Flight Rochester, Inc.
PO Box 23581, Rochester NY 14692

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