Albert Raymond Dawdy, 94, of Sycamore, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at the Shabbona Health Care Center.|
He was born Aug. 13, 1918 in Laplata, Mo. At the age of 7, he moved to Sycamore with his parents, Clifton and Mable (Phillips) Dawdy. He attended local schools. On Dec. 14, 1940, he married Jean Byrd.
In 1942, Ray went into the service. He spent 41 months in the 8th Air Force. He spent 39 months overseas in Ireland and England. When he returned home, he went into the oil business with Bob Underwood. They worked together for 21 years. He then went to work for Stahl Construction in DeKalb, retiring in 1979. He spent his winters in Florida and his summers in Michigan.
Ray was a member of the Sycamore VFW and the American Legion since March of 1946.
He is survived by two nephews, Gary (Sherryl) Bowman of Tennessee and Edwin (Paulette) Bowman of Waterman; two nieces, Sherry Ransom of Wisconsin and Jeanie Bowman of Florida; several great nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jean, in 1972.
Visitation will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with a graveside service beginning at 11 a.m. at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.
Memorials for Ray Dawdy can be made to the Grand Victorian in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Sept. 10, 2012