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Ray Peart(1917 - 2013)

Ray Peart 6-14-1917 ~ 11-30-2013 Ray lived a very full and wonderful life for 96 years! He was married for over 75 years to his beloved wife, Betty. Ray lived in Sacramento, Chico, Orland, and in Red Bluff for over 45 years. Ray was drafted into the Navy when Patti and Jan were very young. He thinks it was because he arrested the wife of the local draft board member for drunk driving. He started his work career in Chico delivering newspapers on his bicycle. Ray was a Special Delivery Mailman for the Chico Post Office while Erroll Flynn was filming "Robin Hood" in Bidwell Park. Ray was also a Chico Police officer and in order to work the day shift he volunteered to take duty on the motorcycle. He worked at Western Auto in Chico and Orland, and then went into the furniture, carpet and drapery business. He retired when managing the furniture dept of Montgomery Wards in Red Bluff in 1979. He served as Kiwanis President in Orland, Ca, and many offices in the Red Bluff SIRS, President of the Red Bluff Artists Assoc, and Deacon of the United Methodist Church in Red Bluff. He was an avid fisherman including streams, lakes and ocean. He enjoyed tying all kinds of flies and glo-bugs that he sold to the steelhead guides on the Klamath River. Ray learned to play the drums when he was just eleven years old. Playing with the "Frantic Five" Dixieland Band was his favorite and last group. Ray was an artist in charcoal and oils and enjoyed selling his paintings at local art fairs. He is survived by his children Patti (Don) Routh of Redding, Jan (Steve) Lomba of Grass Valley, Greg (Cyndee) Peart of Sacramento. 4 Grandchildren; Shelly & Brad Routh who graduated from RBUHS and Steve Erickson & Deborah Glienes and 8 Great-grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. Service will be at the Hoyt-Cole, Chapel of the Flowers on Monday, December 9th at 1 pm. Don Hislop officiating. Following services a gathering of family and friends are invited for refreshments at the Social Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers donations to the Red Bluff First United Methodist Church, PO Box 994, Red Bluff, CA 96080 would be appreciated.

Published in Daily News on Dec. 5, 2013
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