Raymond Gilkeson

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  • "Ray was one of my favorite professors at Washington State..."
    - Sam Ham
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Raymond Gilkeson passed away on May 29, 2018 . His 97 years began on a dry land farm in Sutherland, Nebraska, and continued through WWII with voluntary service in the Coast Guard as a Radioman First Class. He began his academic career at the University of Nebraska moving to Washington State after the war with his new bride, Pauline.

He finished his MS in Soil Science at WSU and remained there as faculty until he retired to Diamond Point in 1983.

On retiring, his department Chair wished him "the longest possible period of good health, happiness and fishing for all the pisces that are fit to keep." Those wishes came true and while his surviving wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild will miss him terribly, we are grateful for the many good years that he was with us.

In his later years he turned to writing limericks and he leaves us with this description of this place he loved so much:

"There is an enchanting valley called Sequim

Sheltered by the North Olympic Rim

Filtered by sun or misty rain

Mark the weatherman's refrain

Starlight to twilight the Rim is a visual hymn"
Published in The Peninsula Daily News from June 10 to June 11, 2018
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