November 26, 1923 - July 27, 2014 NORMAN Louis Edward (Tex) RaymondLouis Edward "Tex" Raymond, Jr., 90, of Norman, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on July 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm. Tex was born November 26th, 1923 in Wichita, Kansas to Louis Edward Raymond, Sr. and Nellie Elizabeth Duncan.Tex was a loving husband of 68 years to Lois Marie Hull and a loving father to his four children: Steven Joshua Blue, Hawaii, Vicki and Lon Masters of Edmond, Mike and Tonya Raymond of Oklahoma City, and Shauna Evans of Norman. He was adored by his seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He befriended children and animals alike. Especially his kids at JD McCarty Center where he volunteered for 42 years. He served 31/2 years in the U.S. Navy as a sonographer on the U.S.S. Johnnie Hutchins, a destroyer escort that sunk 3 submarines in the last engagement of WW II. He was honorably discharged January 1946.He graduated from Kansas State University June 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering and spent 38 years with Petroleum Inc. as division superintendent. Tex was an original "Wild Catter" drilling some 450 wells throughout the southwest before retiring in 1988. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Norman for 56 years, American Legion Lodge #38 for 60 years, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Shrine Mounted Patrol. He was also a member of the 40 and 8th, honorary mayor of Oklahoma City, President of the Norman Roundup Club and a volunteer for Food and Shelter for Friends. As a member of the Norman YMCA, he rarely missed his daily swim winning gold medals in the Senior Olympics at the age of 82. In August 1967, the couple established Raymond Ranch, a facility for breeding, boarding and training horses. Tex was also an accomplished author and storyteller.He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald and his beloved wife Lois. Tex was a "giver" who even at age 90 continued to give the gifts of golden horseshoes to everyone he met. He loved his extended family and his beautiful friends. The family would like to thank all of the caring health professionals throughout this journey.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to J.D. McCarty Center in Norman in his name. Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Saturday at the Primrose Chapel.
Published in The Oklahoman on July 31, 2014