Raymond Walter Huggett, Evangelist in the Community of Christ, passed to eternal life on Sunday May 4, 2014, aged 90.|
Cremation; with a memorial service to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, in the community room and The Groves Retirement Community in Independence. Private inurnment will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Outreach International or the Independence Lion's Club.
Raymond was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, on September 9, 1923, the fourth of the six children of Earl Forrest and Agnes Maude Huggett. He described himself as a 'tear-away' youth who preferred fishing to going to school, and was often "up to no good and an embarrassment to his family." But as a mature man, he proved to be quite the opposite. He served his country with distinction in the U.S. Navy during World War II, mostly as a crew member on the USS Milton. After the war, he returned to Forest Grove, Oregon, and married Pearl Lawraine (Bosshardt) on March 7, 1947. They had one child, Janis Rae Huggett, who now lives in Canberra, Australia. Ray and Pearl celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary just a few days before Pearl passed away in March 2012. Shortly after their wedding, Ray completed his high school equivalency certificate and qualified for university, studying first at Graceland College in Iowa and graduating from Pacific University in Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in 1954. He supported himself and his family through working in the timber industry all during that time he was also studying full-time.
After graduation he taught in high school until accepting full-time appointment with the church in 1956 (then the RLDS church, now named Community of Christ). He had a very long and distinguished period of service in the church in British Columbia, Los Angeles, Independence, Warrensburg, Denver and Detroit before retiring due to health reasons in 1984. He also completed a Masters of Counseling at Central Missouri State University during this time. Although he suffered debilitating complications from diabetes, he continued to be active in church and community life until just days before his death. He was a proud member of the Independence Host Lions Club, where he served many years as the club's chaplain. He and Pearl greatly enjoyed many happy years living at The Groves Retirement Village, where they both participated in the local Community of Christ congregation, and where Ray was famous for playing pool most nights, and then delivering daily newspapers in the early hours of every morning to the residents of Birchwood.
He is survived by his daughter, Janis; his brother, Burton Huggett; sister, Frances Haller; nieces, nephews and members of the Huggett, Anderson, Bosshardt, Vick and Baldry families; and many friends. He will be greatly missed.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.
Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence, 816-373-3600
Published in The Examiner on May 21, 2014