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Raymond Chaney


11/17/1919 - 07/26/2015 Obituary
Raymond Chaney Obituary
Raymond Chaney M.D. was born on November 17, 1919 in Edgewood, Texas and passed away on July 26, 2015 in Bakersfield, California after a very long healthy life.
Raymond was born the first son of a sharecropper. His humble beginnings never stopped him from always striving to achieve more, although he never lost his love of farming. He graduated from Canton High School in Canton, TX where he ran the mile for the track team. He then worked as a farm
hand until he was drafted into the Army in 1942 where he served for 4 years as an X-ray technician - thus began his love of medicine. Upon his honorable discharge and armed with the GI bill, Ray enrolled in college and graduated from Southwestern Junior College in Keene, TX, and then went on to receive his Bachelor's degree from La Sierra College in Arlington, CA. During his summers, he worked for the forest service near Quincy, CA. In June of 19584, Ray graduated from the college of Medical Evangelists at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. He served a yearlong internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and then moved to Kern County in 1959 where he completed his residency in pediatrics at Kern General Hospital. He then entered into private practice with Clinician's Medical Group in Bakersfield until his retirement in 1990.
Along with his love of farming he had an obsession with fishing; deep sea fishing, lake fishing, river fishing and fishing in the aqueduct, which he called the cement river (accent on the first syllable of cement). He had a very kind and tender heart, was a man of God and of his word, and lived his life with a high level of integrity. He was friendly and never knew a stranger. He was also known for saying "Whoop-dee-do" when all else failed! Those who knew him well also understood his deep unwavering love of chocolate and peanut butter. With his passing the world has lost an extremely unique and wonderful man.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Henry Chaney and Henrietta Wade Chaney, his brothers Richard Ruelene and Homer Henry Jr., and sister Rosemary. He is survived by a sister, Edith Weldon, two daughters, Raylene Dawson and Karen Chaney-Shedid, granddaughter Kira Langdon and husband Ryan, granddaughter Emily Dawson, and grandson Luke Shedid.
Ray's family will always be grateful for the exceptional care he received from Dr. Byron Mui and Dr. Sam Singh, the nursing staff at Memorial Hospital, the caring staff at Glenwood Gardens where he spent his last few months, and other medical professionals who attended him in his last days. A special thanks to Jeannyne Hill who was his caregiver at home.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Saturday August 8, 2015fat Hodel's from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. His interment will take place on Monday August 10, 2015 at 10:00am at the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, CA. All those wishing to attend these events are welcomed and encouraged to do so. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to organizations
which benefit the welfare of children around the world.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Home
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 5, 2015
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