Raymond Gallant (1920 - 2018)

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Born and raised in Rumford, Maine, Ray was the eldest of six boys in his family. All six Gallant boys enlisted in the military before the start of World War II. Four, including Ray, entered the Marine Corps, and two enlisted in the Army. Ray was a "mustang" Marine; he received a battlefield commission during World War II, and then a second one during the Korean War. He remained an officer following the Korean War and retired as a Major.
The Marine Corps transferred the family to Alaska in 1961, and after 24 years in the service, Ray retired from the Marine Corps and went to work for the City of Anchorage telephone utility and worked another 20 years there. He volunteered at the Al Aska Shriners' working for the Hospital Program for Children connecting patients throughout Alaska with treatment, doctors, transportation and clinics. A labor of love, he derived great satisfaction from helping obtain and provide much needed care for Alaska's children.
He was a 33rd degree Mason and a proud member of the Scottish and York Rite Masons, and a Shriner, a Jester and a Sojourner. Service to the community was a passion for him. Ray never met a stranger; he was a friend to all. His love extended to all animals. Well into his 90s, he would get on the floor to pet, hug and rub bellies for any close dog or cat. They just seemed to know that he was their friend.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Freda. He is survived by his son, Doug; his daughter, Leslie; and his two grandsons, Taylor Haywood and Brendon Gallant. He is also survived by his brothers, John Gallant of Maine, and Tom Gallant of Massachusetts; sister-in-law, Doris Gallant; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Fort Richardson National Cemetery on June 4, 2018, at 10 a.m. The family would be very happy to see those whose life Ray touched. The family also requests that donations be made to the Shriners' Hospital Program for Children at the Al Aska Shrine Temple in his memory.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2018
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