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Babcock, Raymond - Longmont  
Raymond Parker Babcock, 91, passed away at Good Samaritan Village in Loveland on May 14, 2016. He was born May 13, 1925 in Lebanon, New Hampshire and spent most of his childhood in Stockbridge and Bethel, Vermont. On June 19, 1949, Ray and Dora (Lewis) Babcock were married in Hancock, Vermont. On their honeymoon, they visited several scenic areas while traveling from Vermont to the military base where Ray was stationed in Spokane, Washington. He and Dora were residents of Lyons, Colorado for 46 years until the flood destroyed their home. Raymond's wife Dora passed away in December, 2014. He is survived by his children, Alan (Debby), David (Jan) and Sandra; grandchildren, Ember, Erik (Charis), Kevin (Brooke), Steve (Angelene), Jerry (Terri) and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings; Yvonne, Elizabeth, George, and Ruby who live in Vermont. Bernice, Peter and Joe preceded him in death. Ray was a member of the American Legion and Order of the Purple Heart. He and Dora were Members of Patrol 11 in the Mile High Jeep Club and members of the Lyons Golden Gang. After high school Ray was in the Army AirCor stationed in Italy where he flew several missions into Germany. His plane was shot down and he became a POW for the remainder of WWII. After his war service he returned to Vermont and worked several jobs. He then reenlisted in the Air Force and served in the Korea War and at various other Air Force Bases. In 1966 he retired from the Air Force out of Warren AFB in Cheyenne. Ray and his family moved to Lyons, Colorado and he worked for IBM Boulder for 15 years until retiring in 1981. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on May 28, 2016 at Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman St., in Longmont. Memorial contributions may be made to: Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village, Pathways Hospice, American Legion Post 32 or the charity of your choice. Please share condolences at howemortuary.com
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on May 22, 2016
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