NORMAL - Raymond Warren Vinson, 84, of Normal, Ill., passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Heritage Health Care in Normal, Ill.
His memorial service will be on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Calvert & Metz-ler Memorial Home in Bloomington, Ill., followed by a burial service at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bloomington VFW Post 454.
Ray was born in Kewanee, Ill., on Nov. 20, 1929, the son of Walter and Julia Vinson. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1947. Ray married Mary Lou Annesley in 1951 in Kewanee, Ill. He later married Norma Jean Alvis in 1992 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Ray is survived by one daughter, Margie Bean of Peoria, Ill.; two sons, David (Janet) of Bloomington, Ill., and John (Phyllis) of McHenry, Ill.; and five grandchildren, Jeremiah Bean, Sarah Roberts, Hannah Vinson, Nathan Vinson and Mariah Bruning. Other survivors are three stepchildren, Sheri (Ken) Pope of Morton, Ill., Vicki Connors of Las Vegas, Nev., and Frank (Cathy) Alfano of Virginia Beach, Va.; along with his stepgrandchildren, Erika Wagner, Rebecca Scheu, Brian Scheu, Spencer Pope, Craig Pope, Jeff Pope and Jason Alfano; and nine great-grandchildren.
Ray began his career as a newspaper printer/typesetter in 1948 by serving his apprenticeship at the Kewanee Star Courier. He and his family moved to Peoria in 1958 and he was employed by the Peoria Journal Star for 25 years. He retired from printing in 1993 at the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served as sergeant first class in the I Corps Artillery Unit in 1953.
Ray was a member of the International Typographical Union and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Ray was a wonderful father. He had a great sense of humor and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
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