Raymond L. Buxton

Raymond L. Buxton, 91, a resident of Somers for 40-plus years, formerly of Springfield, died early Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 13, 2013, in the comfort of his home.

He was born in Springfield and was a graduate of the former Springfield Trade School. Ray was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Battery D. 476 Coast Artillery Battalion and was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Arrowhead, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, and the Distinguished Unit Badge. Upon his honorable discharge from active service, Ray returned to civilian life where he founded several small businesses, worked at American Bosch Co. in Springfield, and retired in 1986 after 20 years as assistant store manager from the former Grossman Lumber Co. in Springfield and Manchester. He was a former member of the Springfield American Legion Post No. 420 and a longtime communicant of All Saints Church of Somersville. In his leisure time, Ray loved to fly his airplane, go fishing, read books, and spend time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Mary C. (Michon) Schubach Buxton; and leaves three step-children, Alan Yefko, and his wife, Trudy, of Downingtown, Pa., Aileen Clay, and her husband, Kevin, of Amherst, N.H., Steven Yefko, and his wife, Sharon, of West Stafford; three sisters, Alice Preece of Springhill, Fla., Betty Buxton of Westfield, Mass., and Doris Pennington of South Hadley, Mass.; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Leona A. (Mulak) Yefko Buxton in 1994; and his siblings, William Buxton, Elliott Buxton, Herbert Buxton, Dottie Bourque, and Marie Connolly.

His funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. from the Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Church, 25 School St., Somersville, with military honors and burial to conclude at St. Michael's Cemetery, 1601 State St., Springfield.

His family will receive friends on Friday prior to the funeral at the Somers Funeral Home from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Contributions in his memory may be directed to All Saints Church, P.O. Box M, Somersville, CT 06072.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2013