Raymond O. Main went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2012 at the age of 91. Ray was at home with his wife by his side when he passed away. He was born in Stockton June 2, 1921, the son Harry O. and May C. Main. He attended McKinley Grammar School and the Stockton High where he graduated. After graduation, Ray did numerous odd jobs and then decided to take up welding. He worked at Hickinbotham Ship Yards before and during the war Building Ships. He went into the Marine Corps where he served his country honorably. After Ray's discharge form the Marines, he returned to the ship yards as a welder.
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Seeking a more secure future he applied at Pacific Telephone Co. After being hired he worked in many phases of the telephone company, retiring after 33 years of service as a PBX repairman. He was a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America. He married Sheila Davis on June 13, 1943 in Reno, NV and remained married 69 years. Ray enjoyed photography and had his own dark room. He took photos and developed prints for family and friends. He was also an avid bowler. He joined the Pac Tel Bowling league, bowling there his entire career and even after his retirement. He was an accomplished bowler, and bowled numerous perfect games. Ray also enjoyed Motorcycles and took short trips with his wife Sheila and also raced at the Lodi Cycle Bowl.
After his retirement from the phone company, he opened Pacific Ornamental Iron in Lodi. He took great pride in his work, and was evident in the fine craftsmanship of the finished product. He was forced to retire after 20 years due to ill health. He always enjoyed his morning and afternoon coffee breaks with his buddies. He enjoyed talking to people, and would often take time from his work to visit with those that would stop by to see him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Harry. He is survived by his wife Sheila, cousins Eva Mills of Klamath Falls, OR, and Donald Greve of Sacramento. He is also survived by nieces Sheila D. Esparcia and Janis Hubbard.
At his request no services were held.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from August 4 to August 12, 2012