Ray Allan Paxton, 84
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Ray Allan Paxton, 84, of Fowler, died, Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Rosewalk Village, Lafayette. He was born August 3, 1929, in Georgetown, IL, to the late Turner & Faye Donna (Yoho) Paxton. He had previously been married to Sue Paxton Coddens; she survives. He graduated from Georgetown High School, enlisted in the Army and was Honorably Discharged. Ray received a BS, in Physical Education, from North Dakota State & his MS from Purdue University. Ray played college football at NDS and other colleges, and briefly played center for the Green Bay Packers, retiring due to injury.
Ray was an educator for over 30 years and high school football coach for many years, with the majority of his career spent with the Benton Community School Corporation. He was an avid sports fan & enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs & Purdue University Football & Basketball. He enjoyed jogging & had previously participated and excelled in the Senior Olympic Games.
His Son, Mike (Wife, Julie) Paxton, Oxford, Daughter, Stephanie Paxton, Lafayette, four Grandchildren, Samantha (Husband, Roy) Alaniz, Austin Paxton, Andrew Paxton & Ethan Paxton & two Great-Grandchildren, Shayne & Logan Alaniz survive him. Two Sons, Monte & Kelly Paxton & five Brothers preceded him in death.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Shoemaker Funeral Home, Otterbein, from 5 PM until time of service at 7 PM, with Deb Parker officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Benton Community Foundation Special Olympics Fund.
Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2013