ALLEGANY - Raymond J. (Peckham) Greene of 4312 Route 417, Allegany, passed away at home Thursday, July 25, 2013. He was buried with a full military funeral on July 29, 2013, in the Olean Mount View Cemetery.
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Raymond Peckham was born March 20, 1931, in New York, around this area. His birth parents for five years were Arthur B. and Nona M. Drake Peckham. He was later adopted by John W. Greene and Lucy Grodevant Greene Frank.
Ray graduated from Bolivar High School and won first place in the state in the hurdles. He always loved working on machines and roller skating. He served in the Navy for four years and then served in the U.S. Air Force as a teletype mechanic until he retired back to Allegany. He loved growing his rhubarbs in his backyard. He took pride in a beautiful yard.
In 1957, he was married to Carolyn Christian of Forth Worth, Texas. They had one daughter, Kimberly. In 1960, he was married to Velma Campbell of Waco, Texas, for 11 years. They had two children, Stephen and Sheryl. Later he married Thelma Rocero, and they adopted one son, Thomas Rocero.
Ray is survived by his wife, Thelma; two daughters, Kim O'Berg of Oregon and Sherry Carroll of Texas; and one adopted son, Thomas Greene of Massachusetts. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Along with his birth parents, adopted parents and stepfather, William Frank, Ray was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Greene of Texas; brothers, George Peckham and Samuel Peckham; and sisters, Frances Williams and Helen Graves.
We will miss him greatly. Love always, The Family.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Aug. 24, 2013