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USAF Lt. Col. Ray O. (Ret.) Pugh

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USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ray O. Pugh, 84, of Fairborn, Ohio, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Hospice of Dayton in the company of his wife and daughter, Missy, after a five month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born November 11, 1929, in Coahoma, Texas, the son of the late Lee and Myrtle (Eggleston) Pugh. He was a graduate of Morton High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Technological University, Lubbock, Texas and a Master's degree in education at Wright State University. Ray was an officer in the US Air Force, a veteran of two wars, serving proudly as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, as a combat air controller in the Vietnam War, and as an electrical engineer, designing, testing and fielding electronic countermeasures equipment. He was a proud member of the Association of Old Crows. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB in 1975. He went on to teach math and algebra for 16 years at Weisenborn and Studebaker Middle Schools, Huber Heights City Schools, before retiring in 1992. Ray was an elder for the Central Avenue Church of Christ in Fairborn, serving for over 43 years and very active in Latin American Missions, travelling to Nicaragua, Panama and Peru over many years. He enjoyed church work, reading, fishing, and watching football. He was a wizard with electrical work and his skills were greatly admired by family and the church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Gale, and by four sisters, Anita Smith, Leenez Reid, Irene Smith, all of Texas and Alma McGinty of California, and his youngest daughter, Rachel Mae Figueroa of Texas. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Patsy (Starnes) Pugh; three children, Donald "Don" (and Dee) Pugh of Fairborn, Melissa "Missy" Pugh of Fairborn, and Sheri (and Claude) Figueroa of Tyler, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Adam, Melanie, Tim, Dan, Joe, Eric, Valerie, Stephen, Daryl and Nathan; eight great grandchildren, Gabriel, Zachary, Hunter, Sehara, Carson, Madeline, Brandon, and Sara; sister, Shirley Thrasher of Texas; sister-in-law, Ruby Pugh of Texas, and many nieces, nephews, and church family. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 20, from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Central Avenue Church of Christ, 922 S. Central Ave, Fairborn, OH. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., with Scott Spencer presiding. Burial with full military honors will follow at Byron Cemetery. Due to severe allergies in the family, they request absolutely no fresh or dried flowers or heavy perfume at the church building or at home. Contributions, if desired, may be made to the Nicaragua Mission Work at Central Avenue Church of Christ. Arrangements in care of Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn. Condolences may be made to the family at

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Feb. 18, 2014
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