Frank Edward Ray
Summary: driver of the Chowchilla school bus carrying 26 children who were kidnapped in July 1976 and herded into a buried moving van in a rock quarry by three men (now serving life in prison) who planned to demand a $5 million ransom, whom he and several of the older children were able to climb out of an opening in the top of the van and the victims were freed after 16 hours underground.
Cause of Death: Cirrhosis of the liver
Born: February 26, 1921
Died: May 17, 2012
Location: Chowchilla, California