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Raymond P. Demorest

May 24, 1926 June 17, 2012
Raymond P. Demorest
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Obituary for Raymond P. Demorest

Raymond P. Demorest of Dearborn, Michigan, and formerly of Champaign, Illinois, died peacefully, June 17, 2012, at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn. He was 86 years old. Ray was born May 24, 1926, in Tacoma, Washington, to Mabel (nee Lundberg) and Howard Demorest.

Ray was a corpsman in the United States Navy during the Second World War and was on Okinawa the 2nd day of invasion. After the war, Ray joined the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. During the Vietnam War, he was NCO in charge of the Casualty Staging Unit at Travis Air Force Base in California. In September 1972, Ray retired from the military after 25 years of dedicated service. After military service, Ray worked as a purchasing manager for the Ramada Hotel in Champaign, Illinois.

In his free time, Ray enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also a prize-winning artist who exhibited in many juried exhibits. A man of great faith, Ray was a longtime member of Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, Ray Demorest was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by many.

Ray is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Maud, whom he married in Minneapolis, May 23, 1954, and children, Mark (Pat) Demorest, Linda (Jon) Davis, and Glen (Marcia) Demorest. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melissa (Jeff Leduc) Demorest, Matthew (Sara) Demorest, Kristin (Michael) Hayes, Ryan Demorest, Kevin (Katie) Demorest, Randi (Tomas) Izdonavicius, Nicholas Demorest, Leann Demorest, and Emily Demorest, great-grandchildren, Cooper, Colby, and Madeleine, and sister, Dora Rotondo. Ray is preceded in death by his brothers, Les and Kenny Demorest.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of Henry Ford Village, 15101 Ford Road, Dearborn, Tuesday 11am. Friends may visit beginning at 10am.

Memorials appreciated to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or the charity of donor�s choice.

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