Raymond Verner Lake, age 84 of Strafford,MO. died Wednesday March 12, 2014 at the Strafford Care Center.
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Raymond was born on November 30, 1929, the son of John and Annie "Kinnunen" Lake on the farm in Shell River Township near Menahga, Minnesota.
Raymond was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, and a retired Springfield Fire fighter.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister in law Andrew and Aili; a sister and brother in law Ellen and Erland Hillstrom; a brother Henry; a sister and brother in law Helmi and Rudolph Laitinen; a brother Jalmer: a sister Elsie; and a brother in law Carl; a son in law Wilbur Crackel.
Ray is survived by his loving wife Claudine Lake; four daughters, Terry and her husband Fred Lopez; Claudia and her husband Paul Price; Kathy Cox; Bobbie Jean and husband Doug Hunnell; a son John and his wife Chicana Ashworth; thirteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. a sister in law ,Norma a sister Mayme; a brother and sister in law, Leroy and June; and a sister, Leila.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Greenlawn North Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with visitation from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. preceding the services. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Springfield Fire Fighters Association.
Online condolences can be made to www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.
Greenlawn Funeral Home North - Springfield
3506 North National
Springfield, MO 65803
Published in the News-Leader from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2014