YORKTOWN, VA - On July 21st, our father Raymond Charles Wetherell quietly passed away in his sleep due to complications from heart disease and lung cancer. Dad had three wishes in life: the first was to serve in the United States Air Force, where he proudly served 24 years as a weapons troop. He received many commendations and was highly decorated, and traveled all over the world including a tour in Vietnam. Second, after retiring from service, he became a cross country semi driver, delivering goods for the Army Air Force Exchange System. The third was to see his beloved Boston Red Sox win a world series, and being a diehard fan, would be a joy he would talk about to anyone who would listen. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a founding and lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 824 in Yorktown. He felt it was his duty to help veterans and their families and would proudly hold many positions including post commander for many years. He was involved in Wounded Warriors, Shop with a Cop, Fourth of July ceremonies at Yorktown, York County School System, and countless many other community events, and was always there to welcome the troops home from deployments. Our father is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diann, who cared for him and never left his side; his mother Louise Wetherell of Lancaster, Mass; a brother Harold "Skip" Wetherell and his family of Hudson, Mass. He is also survived by his children Terri Howell and her husband Dean; son Scott Wetherell; 4 grandchildren Scott Wetherell Jr., Joshua Howell and his wife Sami, Jessica Wetherell and Casey Howell; and 5 great-grandchildren, Jace, Skylar, Bryson, Ryder, Reagan and another on the way; and Mom's crazy Cajun family. He was a man of few words, but leaves his legacy in his family and his love and pride for his country. We would like to thank Riverside hospice for their care and compassion and to the countless "brothers and sisters" of the VFW who came to visit and help our family during our time of need. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VFW Post 824, 1700 E. George Washington Highway, Tabb, VA, 23693. Our family would like to invite friends and family to join us for visitation from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, July 24, Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 25, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, followed by burial at Parklawn Memorial Park in Hampton.
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Published in Daily Press on July 23, 2013