Ray McCune is an import from the hills of West Virginia and is a former Associate Editor with The Waynedale News. He has lived in Waynedale for the last 45 years. He retired from a less rewarding job after 28 years of service with a local telephone company in 1994. He then took to his lifelong dream of being a full time Outdoor Freelance Writer and author. He currently contributes to the OUTDOORS page for The Waynedale News.
He is a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam era where he was a Radar Electronics Technician aboard a Tin Can (Destroyer) home ported in Hawaii. He is a long time Boy Scout leader and has been a Scoutmaster of two different troops in the Waynedale area. He still gives demonstrations on Dutch oven cooking and knot tying.
He lives in Waynedale with his lovely wife Joanne; they have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Currently, his many Kampfire Kookin' and Humor Corner articles and columns appear in MidWest Outdoors magazine, The Gad-A-Bout outdoor magazine, and other outdoor publications. They are based on his Dutch oven cooking and some of the humorous things that have happened to him in his life while growing up in West Virginia.
He graduated from Gassaway High School ('56), from the US Navy School of Electronics ('58). He attended Santa Ana College (Journalism Major ('62 – '64) and Graduated IU Fort Wayne ('88) with an associate's degree in General Studies..
Publications in which his work has appeared: The Otter – high school, El Don – College, News Sentinel – Neighbors Section, Journal Gazette – Summer Outdoor Columnist – Lakes Addition, Gad-A-Bout outdoor magazine, MidWest Outdoors (columnist and Feature Editor, Rag Horn News, Elkhart Truth, Waynedale News, Scouting Smoke Signals (Editor). Indiana Outdoors, Braxton Citizens' News, Braxton Democrat, Charleston Gazette.
Organizations: H.O.W. (Hoosier Outdoor Writers), Sigma Chapter – Beta Phi Gamma, Life Member NRA, American Legion Post 241, BSA Trained Leader
Interests: Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Humor, and writing about all of them.
His motto is: "If you ain't havin' fun doin' whut yer doin', then you shouldn't be doin' whut yer doin'."